A tender love ballad, or not.
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Hog Whitman/Steve Canbron
March 10, 2012
Story behind the song
My girlfriend was working that night (she was a nurse and a professional-quality chef, had beautiful long red hair, insisted upon swallowing and loved it in the ass --- eat your hearts out boys) so she left me a note saying there was this and that in the frige to eat, and also some jalapeno/artichoke dip that was Ricki's favorite. Not her girlfriend Ricki, but Ricki the guy from the local bar who liked leather whips and rubber underpants. I immediately knew there was a song in those last few words.
I wrote a melody and the first verse, but it wasn't really working yet so I ran it past my friend Steve Cambron. We banged out the song in about a week. The main change was changing 'underpants' to 'underwear' which opened-up a whole new world of rhyming possibilities. Also, it's usually inadvisable to end a line with 'love' because all you've got to go to from there is 'dove' 'above', etc. However, 'glove' was still open, so I used it. I wouldn't recommend it except to trained professionals, and even then it's kinda risky, butt it seemed to fit, in this case.
We recorded it about a week later (that's Steve playing the steel guitar BTW). All the tracks were down except for the lead vocal. There was a 'scratch' or 'reference' vocal, but it was understood that it was to be replaced later.
I recorded the lead vocal a few days later and used an old Nashville trick to do it: My voice is already low, but I wanted it to be as low as possible so I booked the studio session for 9:00AM. I woke up at about 7:00AM, showered, and had one cup of coffee. I didn't say a word --- the idea being that your voice is really low when you first wake up, and I wanted to preserve that. I already had made some index cards with things I might need to say so I didn't have to talk to anybody.
Anyway, I arrived at the studio, sang the song in one take, and that was that. About 10 days later I was miraculously onstage in a packed Broadway theatre singing it to millions of people on the Imus in the Morning Show, but that's a whole 'nother story. Here's what it sounded like then http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijhpDBgIPLg
Other than that, it was a fairly regular day.
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