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Once a Singer/Songwriter, always a….

posted by BatSheva Vaknin @ 9:10 AM
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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.

A sample:
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?

Old:
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.”

New:
He’s my baby guy, who’s my baby guy, he’s my baby guy all day long!
(repeat x 10)

Old:
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.

New:
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.]

Old:
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. 

New:
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!

Hello!??

cx/o,

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!

He's such a baby guy, right??

 

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