This is a song from way back in 2014, written while I was still enlisted. I was feeling pretty low at the time, so I started writing songs a bit more. I’d recently been given an old, beat up, workhorse of an acoustic guitar. A stocky Fender FA-100.
A buddy of mine, stationed at Fort Carson, had given it to me realizing I’d need something to keep my mind clear. I had a girlfriend at the time and always had stage fright around people hearing me play or sing, even those close to, so I’d do so softly early in the morning before she’d rise. This lasted til she caught me one morning, so I started being slightly less discreet afterwards.
These are early projects, so the lyrics are definitely a bit spotty on my end. I’ve never been a virtuoso, enjoying the process more than the craft, so my playing is pretty simple. There’s honesty in there though.
“Square One” was an attempt at synthesizing my anger into a song, though it comes across a bit hamfisted and laughable at times. I should have tailored the lyrics more, that’s for sure. I find it angsty in a sophomoric sort of way, but still find some charm and good humor in it. Aggressive vocals have never been easy, so the vocals are supplied by my cousin, Zack Bishop. He also developed the instrumentals on the track.
This was put forth under the Momentum banner, a collaborative project consisting of just myself and Zack. As things go my contributions would be lessened over time due to other pressing matters on my end, but continues as a solo project for my cousin. Despite that, I have good memories of the Tireless Effort sessions and want to share this old material with you all.
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