When I started ‘A Song In Seven Days’, I promised myself that I would write a new song every month for the rest of the year. Technically, I managed to keep that promise. The final song was written in January of 2019, but I managed to finish it within 365 days of starting the project - a close call, I know!
I was a little thrown off course by writing ‘Just Like Years Before’, the Christmas song from the project. I had wanted to get it out for December, which of course meant writing it in November (which was quite bizarre in itself!). I then fully immersed myself in a ‘Vlogmas’ and I remember getting to the end of the year feeling totally exhausted.
I picked up the camera again in January and knew I had one more song to write. I wanted to write something reflective - something that would pull together all the pieces of the year and everything I’d been through. It was a strange time. The New Year had started but Christmas wasn’t over yet - just like when I’d written ‘New Year, Still Me’. There was a bizarre sense of History repeating itself, but I wasn’t going to write the same song again.
Over the festive period, I had spent a lot of time with family and friends. For the most part, I had managed to keep up all of the Christmas traditions I had mentioned in ‘Just Like Years Before’. One such tradition is my friends and I meeting on Christmas Eve for a catch up. We sit and talk about what we’ve all been up to until closing time - it’s often the only time we all definitely get to each other.
As we were talking, one of my friends remarked that we’d been true to the tradition for over 8 years now - which of course is quite a long time! She then suggested that if we’d have taken a picture every Christmas Eve of all of us, it would have told a story in itself! I remember thinking how wonderful that would have been - we also forgot to take a picture that night, so in a sense we were true to ourselves.
A few weeks later, the theme of the song naturally presented itself. ‘If We Take A Picture’ was my way of taking the idea my friend had and reflecting on how much things have changed - not just this year, but every year.
Of all the songs in the project, it is surely the most sentimental. When I listen back to the song, it conjures memories of the entire #ASongInSevenDays project. All the highs and lows, people and places. The song itself is just me and a piano. No frills, no complex orchestral arrangements or effects - just me.
As I look forward to what comes next, I will always recall what I learned during #ASongInSevenDays and keep it close to me on this musical journey. As always, I’m glad you’re here to share it with me…