That WAS a CRAZY rush! Lil Pappie and I approached the topic with a bit of trepidation. James Reaney of the London Free Press announced at 9pm sharp that, “London is the Center of the Universe… Deal With It.” And Pappie and I were like, okay then?! Armed with this information we socialized for a bit while everyone let it sink in. We rolled it over in our heads and we tried to figure out how we could turn this into something that not only grasped the topic but also transcended it.
The process started at Wendy’s. Notebook in tow we ate and talked about our experiences here in London, and away from London. What did or didn’t make London home to us. We came up with a concept, and I jotted down some rhymes. I sang, “London bridge is burning down, burning down, burning down…” to the tune of the nursery rhyme of a similar name… several times, and loudly! What? I don’t business! Then I sang along to the radio. They were playing some good tunes. We talked about our upcoming gig and band rehearsal. Then back to London again. Oh London. Good old Londontown. Then the service specialist let us know that restaurant would be closing in 15 minutes, at 11pm. I guess it was time to hit the studio.
But my, weren’t we tired all of a sudden? In the car, waiting in the Tim Horton’s drive thru, I estimated that having come up with our concept we were about 1/3 of the way there. Pappie countered with 1/5. We can actually figure out who was closer based on math since we were completely finished by 2am but I don’t want to sound like the MPH girl so I will just move on to the studio… that’s where the magic happened. Cheesy but true…
We sat down, Pappie with his acoustic guitar and me with my notebook and pen. I’m a bit particular about pens, so it was a good one. Blue ink. I always write in blue ink. He started strumming and hummed a melody. I wrote the words out of his mouth. Verse one was completed so fast we wondered how we ever doubted our ability to create something out of nothing… and so it went until it all came together into a song we are both so proud of we can’t wait to share it with everyone tonight! At The Arts Project, 203 Dundas St., 9:30pm.