Journal Entry 002 - Tracking

“Let's make this take as Rock and Roll as we can.”

I remember sharing the song idea of “I Wouldn’t Trade” with two of my best buds, Josh Harris and Seth Gardner. We had been meeting every few weeks for a while to jam out some music ideas I had, but this time there was something different. I had told them about the song and after sharing it with them, we knew it had potential.

As a songwriter, you often end up mining for the good songs. What that means is you write as many songs as you can and trust that you will find a good one every once in a while. I believe that “I Wouldn't Trade” is one of those songs.

When tracking the song we tried a few different ideas and feels but nothing felt just right. Then Josh said, “Ok, for this take let's make it as rock and roll as we can.” I can't tell you how much fun and inspiring it was to record this version of the song!

A few weeks later we had the finalized recording ready to hit the mixing room. Without Josh and Seth, this song wouldn't be what it is today. If you haven't already, head over to their social and give them a follow!

Journal Entry 001

“Artists have the ability to say clearly what the world feels vaguely.”

I can't remember exactly where I read this but it has stuck with me for the last few years. As I think back to the songs that have impacted me the most, they have always carried more than just catchy melodies, cool instrumentation, or a good hook. There is lots of music that I really enjoy, but the songs that mean the most to me are ones that have helped give words to what I am feeling at the moment.

Think of the songs in your life that are most meaningful to you:

  • Why do they stand out?

  • What were you experiencing or going through when you heard them for the first time?

  • What have they helped you put words to, that before listening to them you couldn’t?

As a songwriter, I have written many songs and have found this quote to be true. Out of the songs I have written, the ones that have “stuck” with people the most or had the biggest impact are the ones where I have helped clearly put to words what someone else is feeling.

When I set out to write this song I wrote it for a friend who was going through a hard time. Out of all the songs I have written, this was perhaps the easiest to write. I think that is because I was able to tap in to a universal experience that we both had shared on some level.

- Joel