I Don't Wanna Go Out Tonight (2015 Single # 2)

by Chris McKay

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The writing, recording, and releasing experiment continues.

"I Don't Wanna Go Out Tonight" was written and recorded after lunch on February 6, 2015.

...I wrote another new song. Well, it's really more of a ditty, which is the kind of thing that tends to pop into my head on lunch break.

When I walk to the mailbox? A goofy little walking tune will come to mind. When I'm driving around running errands? I'll be humming some melody that didn't exist before I got into the vehicle.

I pretty much always ignore those ideas, because I've got too much to do already. Y'know, "real songs".

This time, I decided to try and capture this idea just to see if it was actually something. I don't know. You tell me.

It definitely ain't rock. Definitely ain't Darlings, but as goofy as it is, it's all me. Perhaps this is more authentically who I am to the people closest to me. I don't know.

My thought process on this was pretty easy and obvious.

When this song came into my head, I was still trying to decide if I was going in to do a job that wasn't a necessary one. I was out the night before, and I just didn't feel like going out again.

That's how literal this song is.

I considered putting drums on it, and making it more a full production thing, but I was scared that might take away some of the personality and homeyness.

I liked the idea of a standup bass sound, added that and liked it.

Instead of drums, I just added some handclaps.

I originally had whistled during the solo, but I didn't like it, partially because I can't really whistle.

Then I thought to do a kazoo solo. I went out and bought three kazoos, and didn't care for that sound either. It just sounded too jokey.

I eventually settled on that flutey kinda sound.

At the last second, I took a pair of drumsticks that I had laying around that I got from Big Star's Jody Stephens after he finished playing in Athens a couple of months ago. I had visions of someone tap-dancing through that solo section, and added a clicky little rhythm by beating the sticks on the keys of my keyboard.

It seemed to add to the feel. What do you think?

I took the photo for the cover as I uploaded the tracks here. Our feline friend Essie Mae had been playing with a feather on our living room floor. This was a view that I had occasionally as I recorded the song.

Not sure where I'm heading next, but the experiments will continue.

credits

released 10 February 2015

Chris McKay, all voices and instruments.

Recorded in My Living Room in Athens, Georgia on February 9 and 10, 2015 with no proper studio equipment. This release is totally unmastered and nothing more than a raw file moved to the computer from a recorder.

Nothing extra was done to it.

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Track Name: I Don't Wanna Go Out Tonight (Single Version)
I Don’t Wanna Go Out Tonight
(Music And Lyrics By Chris McKay)

You know it’s been so long
Since we’ve had the time

There’s always so much to do

Maybe it’s time we took a little time
To do what we want to do

I don’t wanna go out tonight
I wanna stay right here with you
I don’t wanna do anything
And there’s nothing else I’d rather do

I don’t wanna go out tonight
I wanna stay right here at home
I don’t wanna go anywhere
‘Cause I’ve been a million times before

You know there’s nothing like a little time to blow off time
There’s nothing like no demands

There’ll always be another time to have no time
And I hope that you can understand

I don’t wanna go out tonight
I wanna stay right here with you
I don’t wanna do anything
And there’s nothing else I’d rather do

I don’t wanna go out tonight
I wanna stay right here at home
I don’t wanna go anywhere
‘Cause I’ve been a million times before

You know you never know when Ever’s gonna pull it’s rank
You never quite know for sure

But you know we’re always gonna have tonight
So please don’t open that door

‘Cause I don’t wanna go out tonight
I wanna stay right here with you
I don’t wanna do anything
And there’s nothing else I’d rather do

You know you never know when Ever’s gonna pull it’s rank
You never quite know for sure

But you know we’re always gonna have tonight
So please don’t open that door

I don’t wanna go out tonight
I wanna stay right here with you
I don’t wanna do anything
And there’s nothing else I’d rather do

There’s nothing else I’d rather do
And you know I wanna do it with you

© February 6, 2015