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Composer Quest

Join the quest! Learn how composers and songwriters create music in this new podcast. composerquest.com. Hosted by Minneapolis composer Charlie McCarron.

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Track Name: Brian Heilman and Mary Beth Huttlin - My Digits
Hello Mary Beth, this is Brian calling
I'm your Composer Quest partner and my request
is to write a pop song in the key of F

So pick up the phone, punch in my digits
We gotta write verses and bridges
Verses and bridges and a chorus too
I really can't wait to talk to you

Pick up the phone, we gotta write
Verses and bridges and an interlude

Hello Mary Beth, Brian again, I was thinking
What if during the bridge the words stop and instead
You play a solo on clarinet?

Just pick up the phone, punch in my digits
We gotta write verses and bridges
Verses and bridges here's what to do
635 263 9832
And we can decide what we're gonna do

Just pick up the phone, punch in my digits
We gotta write verses and bridges
Verses and bridges and a chorus too
I really can't wait to talk to you

Just pick up the phone, punch in my digits
We gotta write verses and bridges
Verses and bridges here's what to do
Track Name: Sam Begich and Michael Chadwick - Dog Eat Dog
Verse
Hey you, what are you trying to say?
Everything is coming out the wrong way
You keep using words you can't define
We got to find a way to make our thoughts align
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Verse
Hey you, are you even hearing me?
Just shut up long enough to listen
Open your ears, open your brain
Do we push through it, or start over again?
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Chorus
Ooh-ooh, I'm trying so hard to find
Ooh-ooh, my own piece o' mind
Ooh-ooh, doing all I can
Whoa-oh, but it's a dog-eat-dog world
Track Name: Megan Gustafson and Erik Ostrom - Shut Up Tonight
You say, don't forget about me
You say, don't move on without me
What about what I say
What about what I say
Talk is cheap anyway
Talk is cheap anyway

You know days are growing longer
You know I am growing stronger
What about how I feel
What about how I feel
I'm just letting time heal
I'm just letting time heal

All the talking in the world
Won't make me any more your girl
But I want you to know
That however this goes,
We'll be alright

But no matter what you say
I know that things will never change
I think it's time that you surrender
'Cause you know that you'll never get this right
So let's just both shut up tonight

How long can we keep pretending
That all we've worked for isn't ending
What about what I say
What about what I say
Talk is cheap anyway
Talk is cheap anyway

But no matter what you say
I know that things will never change
I think it's time that you surrender
'Cause you know that you'll never get this right
So let's just both shut up tonight
Track Name: Cameron Scott Boster - Early Morning
Lately I've been waking up at three AM in the morning, and listening to the whining down the road.
The pavement's still wet from last evening's storm, and for a while I'm glad to be alone.

It's three AM in the morning calling
I'd go outside but the rain's still falling
Early mornin' in my soul.

Lately I've been thinking, "Every woman that I've known,
I tell you now that it ain't been that fun.
And closing off my mind ain't no easy thing to do,
And don't I know I ain't the only one."

It's three AM in the morning calling
I'd go outside but the rain's still falling
Early mornin' in my soul.

There's something 'bout that early morning rain
That feels alright.
Something 'bout that moment 'fore the dawn,
and the darkness of the night.

It's three AM in the morning calling
I'd go outside but the rain's still falling
Early mornin' in my soul.
Track Name: Brian DeLaney, Charlie McCarron, and Molly O C Rowan - Tangled and Tamed
Charlie:
I'm a gambler
But I want to see the air
Then I'll believe it's there
And risk a breath

'Cause I know you
At least I think I do
Soon as you draw me in
You breathe me out

Molly and Charlie:
Love is a fickle thing you say
And it pulls and turns and twists and tugs 'til we're tangled and tamed
We've tied an ugly knot that tightens as we pull ourselves away

Molly:
Like a warm breeze
Why don't you float to me?
Gently and easily
I'll take you back

Cause I know you
At least I think I do
I see the starry-eyed
Flicker in your smile

Molly and Charlie:
Love is a fickle thing you say
And it pulls and turns and twists and tugs 'til we're tangled and tamed
We've tied an ugly knot that tightens as we pull ourselves away

Charlie:
I must be older
A grown man with his arm
Around your shoulder
But I know you see
The young boy playing games
Inside of me

Molly:
You think I'm a woman
But I feel like a little girl
And I want it that way

We're not getting younger
So darling, let me shake you loose
From your serious shoes
And love you like I want to
Charlie: Love is a fickle thing
Molly: Love you like I want to
Charlie: And it pulls and turns and twists and tugs
Molly: Love me like you want to
Charlie: 'Til we're tangled and tamed
Molly: Love you like I want to
Charlie: Tangled and tamed
Molly: Love me like you want to
etc.
Track Name: Fidelis Odozi and Charlie McCarron - Better Days
Verse 1: Today will be a better day than yesterday
everytime I come around you're always quick to push me away
you don't believe me when I say that I love you

Chorus: I love you, I love you, I love you

Verse 2: Today will be a better day than yesterday
everytime I see your face, your smile drives me troubles away
you don't believe me when I say that I love you