Ep. 117: Song “I’m So Sorry That I Didn’t Understand” (Influenced By Bob Dylan)

This song is a homage to Bob Dylan, particularly his songwriting style for many of his songs where there isn’t really a chorus, just a line repeated at the end of verse which happens to be the song title. A good example of this is in his 1975 song, “Tangled Up In Blue.”

To start with the recording, I laid down the acoustic guitar by itself.

I knew from the start I wanted to include a harmonica. I’ve never actually put one in any of my songs, so it was a little bit of an experiment. I actually had to go out and buy one and make sure it was in the right key of the song. I took a little time to learn the basics of playing and then went for it. Here’s how it sounds.

The percussion for this recording builds as the song progresses. The first element is a kick and tambourine part that comes in on the second verse. After the second verse ends, I bring in a snare drum with brushes playing a Johnny Cash style beat, which I like to call a train beat because it has a kind of chugging sound.Then when we get to the bridge, I bring in the handclaps to complete the hoe down.

To fill things a bit more, I added an organ. I also added in a simple electric guitar part to give it a little more fullness and energy.

The vocals have a heavy slap-style reverb similar to Johnny Cash or Elvis.

The lyrics of this song are about a friend of mine who recently went through a divorce. It’s about looking back at the situation with regret and wishing you had done things differently; wishing that you have communicated more clearly and been more empathetic.

Here’s the music video for the song:

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That’s all. Thanks for listening. We’ll see you next time.

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