Spinning Jenny Songs: Suddenly

ImageToday I wanted to share with you one of my band, Spinning Jenny’s songs, “Suddenly”!

Check it out here: http://www.reverbnation.com/spinningjenny19/song/18152254-suddenly
Now that you’ve heard it (and hopefully liked it), I thought I’d give you a little insight on how it came together. 

I had never written a song before and I was fed up.  After several failed attempts, I was convinced that I couldn’t do it.  I didn’t have it in me, and I could never be as good as the songwriters I looked up to.  It started out as that annoying, hit-a-brick-wall, frustrated anger.  And then I was just sitting on the couch venting about it to my family when it was  like a switch turned on.  There’s just no way. I thought.  There’s no way that I can’t put at least one song together.  I gotta go do it.  So I grabbed my guitar and headed down to the basement.  Somehow my frustration came out on paper and around 45 minutes later, “Suddenly” was born.  But that wasn’t the end of it. 

It was the first song I ever wrote and I was happy about it for that reason, but I wasn’t 100% on it.  In fact, I woke up one day with it stuck in my head and declared that I hated that song.  I hated it and I never wanted to hear it again! That’s around when our other original, “Outside The Lines” was written (which I’ll talk about in a future post) and I was definitely not thinking about “Suddenly”.  But one day when I was trying to write a new song, I heard my dad playing guitar.  At first I didn’t really pay attention to what he was doing, but then he started playing a riff that I liked.  So I listened, and realized that it was “Suddenly”.  And it didn’t sound too shabby.  Eventually, after working on it and tweaking it until it was ready, we went to the studio and got it recorded.  The song that I hated became something that I’m now really proud of and excited to share with others and I hope you like it too!

The song, as you can probably guess, is all about that burst of joy and understanding when, after being empty and lost for so long, you find what you’ve been looking for in someone that’s been there the whole time.  It’s a powerful thing, and hopefully I’ve been able to capture it in the song with the help of my sister, Angelina’s, powerful singing.  Big shout-out to Dan and everyone at Aardvark Studios also for helping us make the song the best it could be! I really hope the song speaks to you and I’d love to hear your thoughts about it!

– Julia

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