WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS A LOT OF SELF PROMOTION, SO READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED……….
While making Good Times Never Fade, there were a few concerns that I had about the recording process:
Will they sound great?
Will they match the mood that I’m trying to convey?
And so on and so on. A lot of these worries that I had were mostly about trying to perfect the songs in the best way possible. So, looking back on the time spent, I couldn’t be happier about the final product! Yes, the process was stressful at times, but all in all, I find myself having no complaints.
With that being said, I want to talk some of my personal favorite songs from the album. Seeing that there’s 10 songs on there, I’m going to limit the choices to 3.
Track #4, How You See It All
Vocally, this was my favorite song to sing, because it’s very straightforward and to the point. The song is currently being played on 22 radio stations across the nation, and I’m really not surprised. I’m not having a huge ego or anything, but the song tends to be stuck in my head a lot, it’s an awesome ear worm!
The song is about appreciating the little things in life and not letting any of the stress around you get you down. I wish I could say more, but that’s really all I was thinking about during the writing process, especially on the “I’m standing on cloud nine” part. Overall, I’m really proud of this song, and if you haven’t heard it already, check it out!
Track #2, Meet You There
I wrote this song while thinking about my girlfriend, Ciera. It has a special place in my heart because I wrote it right after we went on a hiking trip. We ended up near the top of a waterfall, and the view was amazing. I was feeling nothing but adventurous and loving vibes on that day, so I wanted to write a song for her.
The thing that surprised me the most was how big the song was able to sound. Like a lot of the songs on the album, it was originally written by just me playing an acoustic guitar, but we all were able to enhance it to make it one of my favorite love songs I have ever wrote. Not to mention that Bryan Ewald plays an amazing guitar solo on this!
Track #9, My Love Is Waiting
Like “How You See It All”, this song was a lot of fun to sing! Here’s a little bit of interesting trivia: I originally wrote this over a year ago, and it started off as a slower, finger-pick style in the helm of a Lindsey Buckingham or a Led Zeppelin song. It stayed that way until one day that I was getting ready to do a little scratch recording, and that’s when I decided to completely change the pace and tone of the song.
Originally it was called “Someone’s Waiting For You”, but while working on tweaking the lyrics with Shane Gamble, we bounced titles around until one of us said ” My Love Is Waiting”, so the name stuck.
The reasons why I love this song comes in the different tone changes that it has. There’s a smooth verse, a powerful chorus, and a subdued bridge that really captures the various moods that I wanted to give off.
“Savior (Live)”: Track 5: This was written as an acoustic song and it stayed that way, I’m proud of how the take turned out, I always smile when I listen to this cut.
“Good Times Never Fade”: Track 1: Definitely a song I’m proud of, my highlight is how the backing vocals turned out in the choruses.
“Losing My Soul on a Saturday Night”: Track 3: I loved writing this song with a mysterious story, and I also love the fact that I managed to incorporate a lot of influences on this.
Thanks for reading! My album Good Times Never Fade is available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon now, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, go do so! Also check out marshallstonemusic.com for more show updates, media, news, and more!