And, since it's Father's Day and I'm a Dad, why not push the creative envelope with something a little different? So, here it is - my debut as a songwriter! Let's set the stage:
I'm not sure when or why it happened, but I got into country music. It's bizarre that it happened over the last few years. Why not when I managed a rodeo team for Polaroid back in the 80's? From events in Fort Worth to Cheyenne, twice a month I was at PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) events, but never got into the music that went with the experience. Well, here I am years later with Sirius radio and "The Highway" is always on.
Stay with me, because there's a link...
We were heading to St. Louis a couple of months ago for ShutterFest and one of my favorite songs, by the Brothers Osborne, "It Ain't My Fault" was playing over and over again in my head. So, I decided to write my own lyrics - just for photographers.
It's especially dedicated to those artists who like to take shortcuts and when something isn't right, find somebody else to blame. If only there really was a "Blame Remover" you could just spray over a mediocre print or album!
Well, the only blame remover out there is your skill set. Your clients deserve the very best, but for the moment, it's too much fun not to laugh at the situation.
I doubt that I'll ever win a Grammy, but we laughed the whole trip. Sheila and I had aisle seats across from each other and every time I wrote another line, I'd lean across the row and sing it to her! And yes, I did share it with my class at ShuterFest, reminding anybody who filmed it, I did NOT give permission for its release.
And that brings me full circle to wishing all you Dads out there a terrific Father's Day. Take the time to hug somebody special in your life or better yet - kick back and appreciate the hugs they give you! Wishing you all a terrific day and one filled with peace, love and plenty of chuckles!
Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day!
PS Just in case you don't know the real version of the "It Ain't My Fault" with a little help from YouTube it's below.
Blame the camera on the print.
Blame the know it all videographer who wouldn't take a hint.
Blame the bride for the groom.
Blame the groom for the bride.
Blame the lab for the prints that made you want to hide.
But it ain't my fault!
Blame your lack of cash on the cost of the gear.
Blame all the blurry pictures 'cause the focus wasn't clear.
Tell all your clients don't believe what they heard.
Don't forget with crappy pictures, you can't buff a turd!
But it ain't my fault.
I need more cash flow.
Don't need no skill set.
I got some great gear,
don't know how to use it yet
Just need a little help....and my work will shine!