Open Road

Hi there. It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted. But I see that there are a few people who still look at my site from time to time so I want to say hello. And I do have some songwriting-related news: I recorded an album this summer. It’s an EP with 6 songs, recorded with the help of an excellent producer and some first-class studio musicians.

The EP is called Open Road. You can listen to it (or buy it) here: http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/

You can buy it on CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/scottlape

It’s also on iTunes and other digital music sites if you search under Scott Lape.

I recorded this EP so that I could hear some of my songs played and recorded professionally. I was very fortunate to have the help of Dave Elke, who helped me arrange the songs, hired the musicians, played most of the guitar parts, was the recording engineer in the studio, and did all the editing and mixing. He’s a great producer, and I’m very grateful to him.

Dave hired some of the best musicians in Chico, which is saying a lot because Chico is chock-full of great musicians. The rhythm section was Greg D’Augelli on bass (and flute on one song) and Robert Delgardo on drums and other percussion. We had Joshua Hegg on the keyboards on two songs, and Carrie Williams sang beautiful harmony vocals. I played guitar on one song and ukulele on one song, and left the rest of the guitar work to Dave Elke. In addition to solid rhythm playing, Dave wrote and recorded all the lead guitar and slide guitar parts, which are probably my favorite parts of the album. I sang the lead vocals, which was a lot of fun.

If you listen to any of it, I hope you enjoy it. And I’d love to hear any feedback you might have!

A quick list of the songs on the album:

1. Long Thin Line: A fast-paced, edgy song in C#m. Living is like drawing a long thin line…
2. The Greater the Love: A song exploring love and fear and other deep concepts. Featuring Joshua Hegg playing some Beatlesque keyboards.
3. Open Road: A jaunty country song about two lonely kids out on the highway.
4. Me and Mother Nature: A song about sitting by the creek, feeling at peace, hanging out with Mother Nature.
5. Sing Me to Sleep: Lyrics that could be considered sad, set to a danceable Latin beat. The musicians had fun with this one!
6. Yes Yes Yes: A trippy song about a woman who says yes…

P.S. The lyrics to the songs are available at scottlape.bandcamp.com.

Sitting By the Creek

I wrote this song one day when I was sitting by the creek, actually out in the middle of the creek perched on a pile of sticks and debris. I wrote it on the ukulele in the key of C, but it was pitched too high for me, so I play it in the key of G, which means I can hit most of the notes. It also means that when I play it on the guitar in G, I’m using the same chord shapes that I enjoyed playing on the ukulele in C.

I like the chord progression in this song. It’s a bit of a departure from the more standard and simple chord progressions I usually use. The four lines of the verse go like this:

G  B7  C  D7
G  B7  Em  G7
C  B7  Em  Cm
G  D7  G

I like the way the first three lines lead up to that Cm. It took me a while to figure out what chord I was hearing there, and I was happy when I found it.

In the lyrics, I’m trying to express how I feel sometimes when I’m there by the creek in Bidwell Park. It’s a good place to be.

I put the song on Bandcamp. You can just play the song, or you can download it for free. Here is the link:

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/sitting-by-the-creek

And here are the lyrics and chords to the song:

Sitting By the Creek

Sitting by the creek today I felt my spirits rise                       G  B7  C  D7
Sitting by the creek I let the sun open up my eyes                 G  B7  Em  G7
Sitting by the creek I finally saw through my disguise          C   B7  Em  Cm
Sitting by the creek I fell in love                                                 G   D7  G

Diving in the creek today I felt the water flow
Diving in the creek you know I let all my worries go
Diving in the creek I finally forgot everything I know
Diving in the creek I fell in love

I fell in love today and I’m here to say                                 C   B7
There ain’t no way I’ll forget it                                              Em   G7
I fell in love it’s true with all of you                                       C    B7
And it wouldn’t do to regret it                                                Em    Cm
Sitting by the creek I fell in love                                            G   D7   G

Sitting by the creek today I heard the singing stream
Sitting by the creek I knew it was way more than it seemed
Sitting by the creek I finally woke up from the dream
Sitting by the creek I fell in love

Standing in the sun today the breeze was on my face
Standing in the sun I knew I could finally give up the chase
Standing in the sun I was feeling all of that amazing grace
Standing in the sun I fell in love

I fell in love today and I’m here to say
There ain’t no way I’ll forget it
I fell in love it’s true with all of you
And it wouldn’t do to regret it
Sitting by the creek I fell in love