Songwriter’s Association of Canada Challenge – Week #5 – A Good Impression

This week was a blast! For the first time in the challenge I got to explore the style of music that I love; Folk and Roots. Below is the challengers credits and the information we were provided with:

Jordan Howard is Creative Director at CCS Rights Management.  The company provides Music IP Management Publishing. Their roster of services includes sync licensing.  Here is his challenge:

Challenge: I am looking for songs to pitch for a new series on Lifetime that stars Christina Ricci. The series can be best described as a 19th Century “Dexter.” Series centers around a female anti-hero, lots of emotions. Love, Lust, Hate, Danger. Musically I am looking for songs in the vain of: Black Keys, Bon Iver, Band of Skulls, Carolina Chocolate Drops, James Vincent McMorrow. For one episode, I am looking for a replacement for Hozier’s “To Be Alone.” As long as the song is in a similar wheelhouse and is lyrically similar, that is what is most important.

Notes On Writing This Song

After listening to “Carolina Chocolate Drops” I decided I would use an old banjo lick I had lying around. I love minor keys and had recorded a melody on the banjo that I had titled “Haunting Banjo”. I was then contacted by Michael Proudfoot, another writer in the challenge to see if I wanted to collaborate with him on the tune. I sent him my melody, we bounced a few ideas off of each other and within one day he came back to me with the completed lyric. I then spent the next couple of days recording. I had my brother come in to lay down a few fiddle lines and explored a marching drum beat that I think portrays a “death march” feel which suited the song. I kept the production very minimal as I found that the rawness of everything made the song much stronger.

I hope you enjoy this tune as much as I did creating it 🙂

Till next time,


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