Getting Somewhere

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To the land of amazing things we’d come
Where there’s something amazing for everyone
Chris carried climbing boots, Robin brought rope
A flashlight from Fran, and I took a telescope

So we got to the jungle and in we dived
To have the adventure of our lives
No worry what might be left behind
Dreaming of what we’d find

(Searchin’) Lookin’ around
(Searchin’) Up and down
(Searchin’) Wonderin’ how
We’ll be gettin’ somewhere

Wherever we looked, we felt chagrined
For all we found was a voice in the wind
“Stop, come back!” it would protest
But we just couldn’t stop our quest

(Searchin’) Lookin’ around
(Searchin’) Up and down
(Searchin’) Wonderin’ how
We’ll be gettin’ somewhere

Never finding a thing, our luck was out
So we went to see what that voice was about
We’d forgotten just what would save the day
Our friend Morgan with a map, hooray!

(Searchin’) Lookin’ around
(Searchin’) Up and down
(Searchin’) Knowin’ that now
We’ll be gettin’ somewhere

(Searchin’) Lookin’ around
(Searchin’) Up and down
(Searchin’) Knowin’ that now
We’ll be gettin’ somewhere

This song and the album it comes from were written using Appreciative Inquiry and Internal Family Systems. With IFS, we can talk about different parts of ourselves as if they are separate people. Hopefully that clarifies why these stories at times refer to he, she and we!

This turned out to be the first song written for the album. When it came time to write the album, I found I was having a lot of trouble starting. I was really nervous somehow. Was it because it had been so long since I’d started a project of this size, or because this was the first time I was ever making an album and looking to actually see something through from writing to sellable product?

It turned out that a part of me was really concerned about something else entirely. She’s very interested in caring for others but has often felt that other parts of me haven’t let her do that. The album was supposed to help do good things for people, but how could it do that if caring was left out? When it occurred to me that maybe she’d be reassured about her participation if she could contribute to the first song for the album, she jumped at the idea. She wanted to write something about what she herself was feeling, not about caring, but about feeling left out. If that happened to her, she was afraid she’d just keep holding everyone else back, which isn’t at all what she wanted. But if she were included and even allowed to get things started, she thought her contributions would help make sure that nobody would have anything to fear.

As we did an Appreciative Inquiry on her song, she talked about how important it is that everyone be included as part of a team, how even the smallest part can often make the biggest difference. She hoped her song would help people see that there’s so much more to them than meets the eye, just as she’d often felt overlooked but was now being seen. And she wanted the song to help people feel as joyful as she did now that she was getting this opportunity to be heard.

All of this led her to think about a bouncy but not too bright song about something that keeps bumping into things because it had a part missing. Find the part and put it in, and it would be able to get where it wanted to go, smoothly instead of having such a hard time. Like a toy or machine getting a little navigation system. That made her think of people having an internal compass that tells us which way to go. She started exploring the basic idea of finally making progress, of getting somewhere. The song could start off wishing about getting somewhere and end by saying, hey, now we’re getting somewhere.

The idea of a compass and navigation led to maps and the notion of a wonderful destination and an amazing journey. Soon, we were thinking about different kinds of things to pack along with a map for an adventurous trip. The idea came up that each person could bring one thing, and most of the group could be so excited to go ahead that they’d leave someone behind, the one with the map, in fact. They’d have to eventually realize what had happened in order to get everyone together to complete the journey.

The idea of a journey in a bouncy but not too bright song made us think of the song “Ride Captain Ride” by Blues Image, so that served as the model for the music.

In a way, this song is really about the making of the album as a whole. The very notion of everyone needing to be invited was right there from the start, so it’s no surprise that it came back after the songs were done to become the album’s title.

The next song written for Everyone's Invited was Let It Out.

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Written by and Circle P - Phonorecord Copyright&© 2008 Mark S. Meritt (BMI). All rights reserved.

Dianne Mucci – Vocals
MSM – Instruments

Produced, arranged, recorded and mixed by MSM in the basement in the village, Red Hook, NY, using a MacBook Pro, MOTU Digital Performer 5.13, Native Instruments Kontakt 3, Quantum Leap Colossus, and an M-Audio Keystation Pro 88.

Vocals recorded in the garage on the mountain, Bloomingburg, NY.

Release Date: November 11, 2008
Album: Everyone's Invited
Track Number: 4
Length: 2:21

Written: 1st of the 12 songs for the album, starting January 4, 2008
Key: Bb
Arranged: 7th, starting March 24, 2008
Vocals recorded 6th, July 25, 2008
Mixed: 4th, starting September 11, 2008


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