Jenny Katz - Secret Love Life

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I first approached this challenge with the idea of writing either 1) a heartfelt, meaningful guitar ballad about my friend Pam, who died last year; or 2) a song about an assassin who fell in love with one of her targets (but killed him anyway). Both songs fall squarely in line with the kind of song I usually write, though, and the thing I love most about Spintunes is that it inspires me to write something different. So I decided to try and craft a pop song, instead, with a heavy emphasis on the chorus. (Often, my songs have no chorus at all to speak of, or a line of refrain at most.) I also wanted to leave my acoustic guitar in the case and use electronic loops and a heavy beat: more departures for me. The mixing challenge was one of the most engaging parts of the process, experimenting with panning and various effects (especially compression and EQ) to try and get all the parts to blend and build through the song. I’m grateful, as always, to Spintunes for the opportunity!


Boy on the bus
Just a single empty seat
I turn and smile

Commuter rush
Traffic pins us in the street
We talk awhile

The mystery
of ancient friends we’ve never seen
but recognize

And then the time
spinning like a maple seed
we said goodbye

My secret love life
I never even knew your name
My secret love life
I know that nothing is ever gonna change

Girl on the bus
But this was years ago
I have to wonder

I made you laugh
We talked about equality
Do you remember

And late at night
my family is deep asleep
I lie alone

A fantasy
of everything I'll never be
I don’t wanna let it go, no

My secret love life
I never even asked your name
My secret love life
I know that nothing is ever gonna change

My secret love life
Never even asked your name
Secret love life
I know that nothing in the world is ever gonna change


from SpinTunes #8: Round 1, released February 11, 2014
Bass: Eric Brandoli




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