“22 Hours (II)” began with a slow Saturday and an American Songwriter magazine article.
OK – so the article just happened to be an interview with Sturgill Simpson, so my Saturday got a lot less slow.
I ran into the best paragraph:
“I just never stopped living out of a bag, even when I got out of the Navy,” he says. “I was just … floating. Then I settled down and married, and when my son was born, the only place I wanted to be was at home. But I was out playing shows, and that was great, too! Those two hours a night — the time we spend onstage — is incredible. But it’s the tedious, 22-hour period that surrounds those two hours that really gets to you. That was the toughest transition for me, just trying to figure out what to do with my mind and my guilt.”
I started thinking about what that kind of life is like for someone and wrote a bad, up-tempo “I love this life but miss you” country song, and then hit the breaks.
The imagery that invades a touring singer-songwriter’s life started to form in my head and I couldn’t let it go. “Tattoo all-nighter” and a Volkswagon showed up and I knew I had something. I dumped the first version and went with the one that took me back to my Folk and Americana roots.
The bridge changed late in the game, and just before I went to record the song. A huge Thank you to Susan Gibson for pushing me to find a better bridge.
Why the “II” in the title? Because I have to have a way to differentiate it from the first version in my song catalogue!