Alan MacLeod | Baby Don't Go There

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Baby Don't Go There

by Alan MacLeod

“Baby Don’t Go There” follows two people driving across the country, moving closer together with each mile and each secret they share.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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"Baby Don’t Go There" started with the title and chorus, melody and words all together - a rare event for me.

Then I started thinking about a story and characters. Who says “don’t go there” and when would they say it? People in an argument? Wanna’ be lovers? Me to myself? Maybe it’s a conversation ender or used to stop a confession in progress?

Eventually, strangers trapped together on a long drive across country (as I have often been) seemed to make sense. The song became like a travelogue. I just “jumped into the car” in my mind and tried to imagine who was in the car and what could happen between them. The nice thing about songs is that you can draw on real experiences but shape them to be much less "messy" than they actually were.

The past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to spend time hanging out with excellent writers (poetry, prose, fact and fiction). Being around these amazing craftspeople made me push to make each line count - to use clear and strong images. It sounds simple to make a song be like a story, with a beginning, middle and end, but this isn’t simple for me.

Also, I find it difficult to write in “free verse” as my mind immediately offers up rhymes, so there was a lot of lyric editing done on this tune.

Lately, I’ve been putting a string of words on the top of each page I use to write lyrics on: “Hearing, Sight, Touch, Smell, Taste”. Doing this helps me remember details and reminds me to try to bring these senses into the lyric.
Musically, in this version of the recording, the goal became to have the music be part of the landscape or a character.

For example, there is a 10 beat rhythm that pans around representing the clunking of the older-model car I imagined the two were driving. The percussive rhythm of the acoustic guitars reminded me of rain in prairie thunderstorms hitting a car hood. The synths are the girl and the low-end thumps and hi hats are the guy. The fuzz electric guitar in the bridge are passing transport trucks, etc.) One thing that’s a little weird for a song produced like this: there is no bass guitar.

Influences for the mix and synth sounds were Roxy Music’s “Avalon” album and Annie Lennox’s “Downtown Lights”. Both are master works that create a wonderful sense of air and space.

I have no idea what musical "slot" Baby Don't Go There fits into. I was aiming for Literary Fiction (ha ha) but seriously, I am really pleased with this recording and mix, done with William Crowdis at "The Bat Cave" studio.

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