SEEING RED

Sometimes they let me write what I want to. LOL! While working with my cowboy Bob Marshall, his girlfriend Lori, said that what he needed was a “sexy song.” This is right up my alley because I have been doing this type of music for a long time. I call it “In your face, country soul” and is what has been embodied in today’s artists, like James Otto, Josh Turner, and Trace Adkins. They are slow to mid tempo, that groove along, and make your head bob up and down to the music. The messages are about the opposite sex and are really there to provide a “belly rubber” dance tempo. This is to bring people together in a lot of different ways. If it was a horse, it would be a slow “lope” groove.

As I got into my “zone” Bob did the same thing. He had described a really hot looking girl, and put her into a bar, and threw out details of how she was dressed, what she looked like and the most important thing, her red hair. He had the title “I’m seeing red.” I took the details and started on my own version he did the same. Mine went:


SEEING RED
MAB/Bob Marshall
10-17-12

She’s got Fiery red lipstick that matches her manicured nails
Auburn hair falling over her shoulders right down to there
Must have poured herself into that Fire Engine dress
Four inch stilettos round out two perfect legs
I’m feeling a rise in temperature
Is it hot in here, or is it her

Chorus
I’M SEEING RED, LIKE A FLASHING STOP SIGN
TELLS ME I’M IN A DANGER ZONE
IT’S LIKE I’M DRAWN TO A FLAME
AND I JUST OUGHT TO GO HOME, ALONE
I KNOW PLAYING WITH FIRE, CAN FUEL A MAN’S DESIRE
TILL THERE AIN’T NOTHING LEFT
BUT TONIGHT THE ONLY THING I KNOW IS
I’M SEEING RED

He had played his version which was not bad, and then I did mine. He and Lori looked at me, then he said “I HATE YOU!” I get that a lot. Hey guys, you don’t do this for 35 years and not have some kind of stuff. I wanted to make every line have something about being hot in it. Firey Red lips and nails, Auburn hair, fire engine dress, stilettos, rise in temperature, flashing stop sign, danger zone, flame fire, desire, all these things reflect the hook, “Seeing Red.”

My groove had fit his low baritone voice and I think hit the vein we were going for. Time for second verse hell:



She must come from a long line of women from history
Like Cleopatra and Delilah, making men fall down at her feet
Trying hard not to show that I want her
Feel like a lamb being led to slaughter
If she comes over, that’s all she wrote
I’m going up in a pile of smoke


I admit I will go for Cleo and Delilah in a heartbeat. Those two reflect the image of the hot, devil woman. So instead of saying “Devil hot babe” I list a couple. The rest I hope reflects today. And Bob had used the phrase “Lamb to slaughter” which I loved. Time for the bridge:

chorus
bridge
If I’d have known what tonight was leading to
I’d’ve dressed in a fireproof suit

So that was it. I think it came off as the best song of the session and I can’t wait to do it live. I was going to do it that night, but was not able to pull it off because I don’t like doing songs that are so new. One chance to make a bad first impression. But I really love this one and I think Bob and I will do good jobs on it. I hope to get a demo on it and most of these very soon. SHOW, DON'T TELL.

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  • "The Cowboy"

    "The Cowboy"

    Hey MAB....If you do a demo on this song I would LOVE to be there to follow the process through. Don't forget to invite us. I can't say enough good things about the time working with you..... No really I can't think of a single good thing to say about you! Just kidding. It was amazing. Looks like we are working up our next Nashville visit for the winter around my tour schedule. We will be seeing you then.

    Hey MAB....If you do a demo on this song I would LOVE to be there to follow the process through. Don't forget to invite us.

    I can't say enough good things about the time working with you..... No really I can't think of a single good thing to say about you! Just kidding. It was amazing. Looks like we are working up our next Nashville visit for the winter around my tour schedule. We will be seeing you then.

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