Writing a song with one of Nashville's top songwriters, Billy MontanaTuesday, 17 December 2013
And I was right - most people living in Nashville are there for the music. What I hadn't expected was for so many of those people to be songwriters.
I thought that I was going to be AMAZING at song writing. Not the tune part, obviously, or anything involving actual talent, but I've always had an exceptional skill for rhyming. I'm also very, very good at changing the lyrics of existing songs to fit my mood. Usually, it is making them about food, and my desire to get some. I do a cover of 'Brass in Pocket' by the Pretenders, that's all about shepherd's pie.
|Curb Studios in Nashville|
Pretty soon, the song had everything. And it was good! Really, honestly good. We were with Billy for less than 90 minutes, and we had a full on smash hit. At that rate, it's no wonder he can come up with nearly 200 songs without breaking a sweat. And as Billy says, "to some degree, it's a numbers game. If you were planting grass seed, you've got to get it everywhere"
And if you're wondering where his inspiration comes from? "I'm constantly breaking up with my wife"
That was a joke, by the way. Another top hint? Make it rain. Billy is known as the Rain King - it's his favoured method for adding a bit of drama. "Then it's not just a flat tyre - it's a flat tyre in the rain."
So here it is! I've made a little photo montage to go along with our song, with my favourite places from Nashville rolled into one. Thanks so much to Billy for playing with us. Be sure to scroll down below for a video of him playing one of his songs from the show Nashville.
If you've seen the show Nashville (on More 4 or TG4) then you may be familiar with the song 'What if I was Willing' performed by both Gunnar and Will (Will stole it from Gunnar, I believe). Well, the song was actually written by Billy, his son Randy and Brian Davis. Here's a video of Billy playing it for us at Curb Studios. And keep an eye on the blog - I have an interview with Sam Palladio (Gunnar) coming soon.