The following videos are not an attempt to capture the songs in their most perfect form. They are merely a vehicle to let people hear some of my work that has never been in the public eye. They are shot using the video setting on my little Canon Powershot and a little Joby tripod. The guitars are either a Martin 000 series or a pretty beat up Johnson JD27. My old Kay banjo may make an appearance or two as well, for better or worse.

That's it. I welcome comments and encourage you to share the music if it strikes you.

All music and lyrics written by Richard Popovic, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Song #9: La Da Day

Tomorrow is me and the missus' 10th anniversary. Tin is the appropriate gift, traditionally. I do not know what that says about this song, but at any rate it is a short and sweet celebration of our ten years of marriage. I could not imagine my life without her.

This idea came from, of all places, the strings of a ukelele. I personally could not stand the uke fad that swept indie music a few years ago and swore I would never get one. But they are a perfect size for a toddler to play on, and when I came across an old Harmony at a tag sale for $35, I could not pass it up. Smart move. Turns out it is a baritone ukelele, made in the USA, 1950's, all mahogany. Once I put new strings on it, the sound was really appealing. Plus, being a baritone, the chords are the same as guitar, so I was off and running immediately. So much for the toddler's toy, she will have to make due with the shitty made in Korea mandolin gathering dust in the corner.

But I digress. This song arose from a couple of plucked chords on that little uke. Initially, the 'fi diddle do, la da day' stuff was filler, but strangely enough it morphed into the anchor point of the song, moving it forward and tying it all together. The subject of the lyrics is a snapshot of our life, and a reflection on how quickly it goes by, but how we manage to gain a little wisdom along the way.

Two things about this song structurally: under three minutes, and no chorus. Both of these attributes are such a rarity for me that to see them pop up in the same song is very bizarre. But I feel like everything I wanted to say was captured just right. Adding anything else would have lessened it.

(click through for lyrics)

La Da Day

music/lyrics: Richard Popovic

There’s a little song that I used to know

It went fi diddly dee di fi diddly do a la da dee day

I don’t know much but I do know this

That song was playing when we first kissed a la da dee day

Your pretty smile and eyes so blue

Made my heart skip a beat or two a la da dee day

It was freezing cold but we kissed for hours

As we fell in love beneath the stars a la da dee  la da do la da day

The days flew by and the years sped past

Who ever thought it would go so fast a la da dee day

It’s been ten years since we were wed

With golden flowers above our heads a la da dee day

Now we got two babies underfeet

It don’t leave much time for talking sweet a la da dee day

So let me take this chance to say

I love you more and more each day la da dee la da do la da day

(intense whistle solo)

There’s a silver lining to getting gray

You learn some things along the way a la da dee day

Like when the music starts to play

How the years just melt away a la da dee la da do la da day

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