Making Music Already Made

My wife sang an original song lyric that immediately stuck in my head. It wasn’t anything earth-shaking, but it sure was a catchy melody. I started singing it, over and over, looking for the next line to come to me. I’m always writing songs, most of which I never finish, but I do like to explore new song lyrics to see where they go.

My daughter and I were on the move and we hopped into the car. I continued singing. I don’t sing well, and I was struggling with finding the next line. I thought it would be cool to get my daughter involved. I asked my daughter what she thought the second line should be. She had the perfect answer.

She said, “Me screaming.”

OK, so I got the message loud and clear. Less rhyming. More driving. But the song lyric just wouldn’t leave my head. It really sounded good to me. And then it hit me, fortunately before my daughter did. The melody was already made famous in Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. No wonder I liked it. Oh well, back to the drawing board. Unfortunately, I don’t think my wife or daughter will be singing anything around me anymore for a while.

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