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The Song of My Heart: Everybody Knows

This is a song I wrote a very long time ago but only got around to recording and uploading to the internet recently.

It’s the song I play by default anytime I sit at the piano and it’s what I call the song of my heart – I could literally listen to this song on repeat endlessly without ever getting tired of it.

It’s a sad, hauntingly beautiful kind of song, so if you’re looking for something happy and upbeat you definitely aren’t going to find it here. Go listen to In The Cold Sky instead. It’s a much lighter happier kind of song. 🙂

I recorded this song on our Yamaha Digital Piano. The piano is great, don’t get me wrong – but this song truly sounds a lot better on a real piano – better if the piano is older and slightly out of tune because then you really get a nice effect with the reverb and the harmonies of all the notes in between.

Someone commented on my SoundCloud and asked what the story is that goes through my head with this song.

Well, I guess the story starts with how I learned how to play the piano: I only had 3 lessons.

My grandma was a really good pianist – she actually was the organist at our church at the time. She started teaching me how to play when I was about 5 or 6 years old. She had a piano book and was teaching me the basics. Then she got really sick and died of cancer.

After her death, we ended up getting her piano, and I would try to play it. I taught myself some more basics by using the Reader’s Digest Children Songbook. Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog was my favorite song out of that book to play.

Then a few more years and after I learned to play guitar I also learned a couple of basic chords of the piano. C chord, D minor chord…I sort of fell in love with the A minor chord and this song started…and really just never stopped.

One time I played this song on a grand piano in our high school auditorium for an audience of 0. Nobody else was there. The grand piano was a little too “in-tune” for my taste, but the reverb in the auditorium was awesome.

Another time I played this song was on the old beat up piano in the hallway of my college dorm. Not sure why there was a piano there or if we were even supposed to/allowed to play it but that was an example of the perfect sound – lots of reverb in the hall and from the stairs and the piano definitely hadn’t been tuned in decades.

While the Yamaha digital piano makes it hard to really capture that real piano sound, it did at least do one very important thing – it captured the song as a midi file and made it super easy to record. Literally just plug your laptop in the piano, open up logic pro and press record.

Some people might wonder why this song is called Everybody Knows…

Well, when I play it I sort of have these lyrics going on in my head.

Everybody Knows Your Sorrow

Everybody knows there’s something
Everybody knows there’s nothing
Everybody knows there’s something
wrong with —

what if i tell you there’s something i don’t know
there’s something i wanted, 
there’s something i don’t know,
i don’t know the way to go
i don’t know the way to go...

Do you know the answers?
Know the answers?

Everybody's running from something
running from tomorrow
everybody knows your sorrow
knows your sorry

Yeah. Super depressing I guess. But I like depressing music. I don’t know why but there’s something about depressing music that actually makes me feel happier. It’s weird to some people, but I take comfort in knowing there are actually a lot of other people who love the sad depressing stuff and not just because they’re depressed.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the song. 🙂 Eventually I might record it “for real” in a studio on a real piano…but that’s probably going to have to wait for us to get out of this pandemic mess safely first.

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