Welcome to a page all about “Daisy”
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Read below for credits, the story, and lyrics.
VC: lead & harmony vocals, Fender Precision bass guitar, Yamaha CS1 synth (piano, strings, horns), drum programming; Danah Olivetree: cello
Musically you couldn’t find two songs for disparate than “Daisy” and its predecessor, “Cut It Out”. Lyrically they both share the same trait of looking at things from a woman’s perspective. This time it’s a blind date. Now, I’ve been on more blind first dates that I care to admit. I wanted to write about this particular one, but my impression of my partner in blind dating was one of someone from another time or another era…a woman dressed in a sundress that indeed had been sewn by her mother and sat at the bar drinking a Manhattan waiting for her clueless date who walked right by her not recognizing her at all. When I began to write the song, somehow the image of Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby flashed though my head. This Daisy doesn’t really share much with Fitzgerald’s Daisy…other than she belongs in another time…perhaps in the 50′s, but certainly not in the 21st Century. The creation of this song deviated from my usual process in many ways. First off…this is jazz pop, nothing like the Americana that is on the rest of the CD. Also, I usually write lyrics first and then find a melody and chords. For “Daisy” I wrote both music and words simultaneously. And lastly…I had written nearly every song on the guitar for many years, but I really wanted something different…so I wrote on the piano and came up with a song that I love…and though it’s a bit of a departure, hopefully you like it too. Like a few others…this song was “done” by fall of 2009…but I came back to it, redid the vocals, and added Danah’s nice cello part, just to beef up some of the string sound.