Brian Gray - Off The Grid (Shadow)

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You know the cool thing about shadowing SpinTunes? I don't truly have to fulfill all of the challenge requirements. I'd really be dishonoring my previous song to take on a collaborator anyway, so here we are. Or to look at it another way, this is so heavily influenced by Harry Connick Jr. that it may as well have been a collaboration.

I've been thinking about and listening to funk a lot lately, and really wanted to write a song with some of those kinds of flavors. Now you may ask, if I'm going to dip my toes into a funky pool, why not model after some old school Sly, Clinton, etc. instead of a jazz man? Easy answer: I like the groove. It works for me.

This actually uses two pieces from my ideas list. The song idea itself is straight off the list, but I never had a musical theme in mind. So I cannibalized the chords from an idea I had for a sequel to "Pi Day" about how it's sad that pi day is over, called "The Ides of March". But I'm never going to write that one, so no big loss that I stole the chords (and about 1/3 of the melody ) for the verses in "Off the Grid". I don't even remember how I stumbled on this weird progression. Must have been melody driven because no one would start there.

Anyway, here's a song. Listen to it, cause otherwise it has no purpose.

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Slam of a hammer, snap of the clips; secure myself asylum
Sidestep the pending e-pocalypse at the millennium
Wait to discover what this blue-green ship’s become
Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the week in between

I’m buggin’ out cause the digits flip at twelve o’clock
Time to never do the things I never did
I’m buggin’ out. No such thing as overstock
When the sky’s all purple’s when the smart stay hid
I’m going off the grid

Roots in the cellar, cans in the shed, and lots and lots of water
Wood cut for when the generator’s dead in stacks of hundreds per
No point in mourning peaceful dreams ahead that were
2 bytes of COBOL, now grasshoppers pass for cuisine

I’m buggin’ out cause the digits flip at twelve o’clock
Time to never do the things I never did
I’m buggin’ out. No such thing as overstock
When the sky’s all purple’s when the smart stay hid
I’m going off the grid

And you can come with me, but just you
Cause other people suck

Sitting and waiting for a collapse, it seems ain’t gonna happen
Ship back the ammo, collect the traps. I won’t be fooled again
Hold on a minute, a calendar perhaps will end
Worldwide destruction of 2012’s long since foreseen

I’m buggin’ out, cause the Mayans got us running scared
Time to never do the things I never did
I’m buggin’ out. No such thing as too prepared
When the sky’s all purple’s when the smart stay hid
I’m going off the grid

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from Champions Vs Shadows #1: Showdown, released August 11, 2015

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I run a songwriting contest called SpinTunes. Most of the material hosted on this account is a result of that contest. You can follow the contest on Twitter (@SpinTunes) or my personal account (@Spintown).

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