Once a Singer/Songwriter, always a….
Writing my last blog to the tune of “The Sound of Silence” made me contemplate my trajectory as a singer/songwriter.
What, you’ve never heard of me?
Well, if you were in Los Angeles back in 2001 or 2002 (you know, back when I was still a teenager…ish…) it’s possible you could have heard me sing with my band. The Shana Susman Band. Original, I know.
I wrote from the heart & soul, often about personal issues or broken people. For example, here’s an excerpt from one of my songs:
I love a man who loves me till it hurts
It’s getting hard to bear
I love a man who’s got a hole in his heart
But I can’t fix it there
And I… just don’t think I can take this love
No I… don’t need this love
Oh, baby it’s a hard love
These days, I don’t have a band, I don’t even have time to go out to karaoke. But once a singer/songwriter, always a singer/songwriter! True, I may no longer sing at the Knitting Factory, the Gig, the Rainbow Room or Highland Grounds (do any of those places still exist? I feel about eighty right now)…
But I still have a rapt audience. And I sing and write songs tailor-made for them – you know, material that’s more pertinent to me today.
Don’t you pee-pee on Ima! Don’t you pee-pee on me.
Don’t you pee-pee on Ima! ‘Cause Ima likes to be pee-pee free!
(repeat x 10, occasionally substituting the word “pee-pee” with “spitty”)
In the spirit of “then & now,” let’s compare some of my old lyrics with some of my new ones, shall we?
Girl of eight, she had her head on straight
Till her daddy bout knocked it to the floor
Took a whole mess of pills, gave her classmates the chills
They say “don’t you come round here no more.”
He’s my baby guy, who’s my baby guy, he’s my baby guy all day long!
(repeat x 10)
I will cradle you, I will hold you through the night
Lay your fears to rest, I swear I’ll hold you tight
As God is my witness, this time I’ll get it right,
And I will cradle you till the darkness turns to light.
Who’s my little baby guy, baby guy, baby guy, who’s my little baby guy all day long?!
(repeat x 10)
[I know this one seems almost identical to the last one, but believe me the 2 melodies are nothing alike.]
Tell me your secrets, the darker, the better
And I will keep them – forever and ever
Come, put your trust in me
Cause I’m your best friend.
Na, na, na – he’s just a baby guy
Na, na, na – a little baby guy!
(repeat x 10)
It’s clear my songwriting prowess has lost nothing over the years! No, seriously, it’s all in the melodies, you have to believe me!
Sheva (BatSheva Vaknin)
PS To hear one of my new songs, you can catch me live any time during my 8 month old son’s waking hours… act now, tickets are free!
PPS I was going to post one of my old songs here but I haven’t figured out how to make them play on this blog WordPress platform yet (in process)… so… um… instead I give you a really cute picture of David, my new muse!