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Every Song Has A Story….
Ask any songwriter and they’ll tell you each song they write has a story behind it. The songs on “Introducing… ME” are no different. Here’s a glimpse into the stories behind the songs on “Introducing… ME”.
Introducing… ME: I wrote this song as an opener to let the listener know what they were in for in this CD. It’s my goal to take people on a journey, mostly through dance, through the phases of my life. This CD touches on many different topics and many different genres of dance music. That’s purposeful. “Introducing… ME” (both the CD and the opening song) is all about the journey of my life. The highs. lows, happy, sad and spiritual aspects of who I am.
I Feel Like Dancin’: I was at the club one night watching the dance floor heat up. And as I’m watching the bodies bumping and grinding to the music I thought, “Are they dancing or are they having sex?” Thus, I Feel Like Dancin’ was born.
I’m Gone: I’ve always said the easiest way to get into a Stephen Dillard-Carroll song is to either do me really right or do me REALLY WRONG. The opening line, “Sitting all alone in a darkened room when it dawned on me that I am acting real damned stupid.” actually happened to me. I was sitting by the phone in a darkened room mad as hell because the person I called “my man” had once again blown me off to do something (or someone, who knows?) he thought better. Suddenly I said out loud, “You know Stephen, you’re acting real damned stupid right about now.” I turned on the lights and wrote “I’m Gone.”
Far Away: This song was written after a man I loved died. As the old saying goes: “Tis better to love and lost than to never have loved at all.” BULLSHIT. To this day I still miss him. I love you Joseph and you will always be in my heart.
ANIMAL: I was in the darkened backroom of a bar one night… ‘Nuff said.
Through the Looking Glass: We all have had “Through the Looking Glass” moments. Where our spirits leave our bodies. Where time suddenly slows down and speeds up only to slow down again as our lives are turned upside down. Mine was the moment I was told I have HIV. It was an out of body experience I will never forget. When I sat down to write about it, “Alice in Wonderland” kept running through my head as a metaphor for how life never would be the same. “Through the Looking Glass” was the end product.
The One Thing I Can Do: It’s my goal to write at least one spiritual song on every CD I create. “The One Thing I Can Do” was written at a time where I was questioning my spirituality. However, turning my back on the God and Goddess of my understanding was never an option for me. But at the same time I seemed to question everything. I still do. So the Universe and I decided that I would continue to live the best life I could and help as many people I can until it was time for all my questions to be answered. What they didn’t tell me is the more you learn the less you know.
Love’s Gonna Find Me: This was another song born out of “Stephen you are acting real damned stupid right about now.” I was constantly stressing about being perpetually single and how I would live the rest of my days never finding real lasting love. Truth be told, I still have those days from time to time. But thankfully nowadays they’re few and far between. I wrote “Love’s Gonna Find Me” as a song for all the single people out there that are looking for love - including me. Don’t stress. It’s gonna happen for us when we least expect it. And when it does, it’ll be better than we ever imagined.
Feels Good: I wanted to write a song everyone could sing along to. Something instantly memorable and fun. Something that mixed that old school Temptations sound with a little bit of funk. Even though “Feels Good” isn’t the most hard driving dance song on the CD, (it’s very mid-tempo) it happens to be one of my favorites.
Shine: I wanted to end “Introducing… ME” on a positive note. I wanted to give people some encouragement and hope that no matter what we’re going through we each have a light inside that wants to “shine brighter than the summer sun.” It takes some courage sometimes to let it shine, and sometimes it feels like we don’t have much of a light to give to the world. But if we take that chance to be courageous enough to believe in ourselves, we’ll find we had it in us all the time.
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