Early Preview of "Gotta Be Me"
If you share this to your friends, you'll have 25 years of bad luck!!!
Nah, just make sure they tell everyone how amazing it is 😂
GOTTA BE ME
The idea for Gotta Be Me began after a heavy night of drinking in Japan. From sake, to ramen, to karaoke, it was one of those nights that seemed to go on forever. As I awoke in a fog, the first few lines of the song popped into my head as a joke…”Last night I had a few too many while singing to the words on TV…and every ticketed seat was empty but I was still living the dream.” Most people can relate to those opening lyrics...belting out a song to an audience of a few while envisioning yourself on stage in front of adoring fans at Aloha Stadium.
As the song began to write itself, it became a song to inspire people to be themselves; pave your own path with the support of everything that has come before you. The lyrics flowed out effortlessly. To this day, I still think the images portrayed by the lyrics are my favorite I’ve ever written.
The second verse paints an image of someone not willing to take that first step; or, being afraid to get your feet wet when trying to find a star in the storm. It also pays homage to my previous song “Count From Ten” as well.
All in all, this was a song that took 10 minutes to write and 3 years to record. I didn’t even have a title until I put it out to my live stream audience over COVID for suggestions.
I hope that this song inspires all of us to take more chances as we come out from these past few years.
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