Track 9 - ONE SECOND LOOK

- THE SONG BLOG -
I had written down the song title "2nd Look" in my little title ideas book and brought it to a session with Debra Alexander.  She said, "What about "One Second Look?" and we were off and running, brainstorming around the idea of an epiphany. It's another lyric that has an underlying big idea so it was a challenge to keep a balance between simplicity and depth.  I love the way the epiphany could be as simple as falling in love after taking that second glance or something much bigger and more profound.   An interesting note about this song is that it has only three chords, unusual for me and all major chords too! Originally it had a few minors in there and I decided to make it more straight forward and I think it really helps get across the upbeat sentiment.


- THE RECORDING -
With this tune the band had the bed tracks bouncing along nicely out of the gate and I wanted to build on it's cheerful nature even further so I thought it might be cool to combine some rhythmic accordion & banjo, two instruments you don't always see sharing the same stage.  You might call it country-zydeco but it seemed to help widen the smile factor.  Justin came up with a beautiful spacious electric guitar part with a bit of a nod to Paul Simon.  

Recorded at Canterbury Music in Toronto. Engineered by Jeremy Darby. Overdubs at Jeddart Music in Mississauga. Mixed by Chad Carlson at Hippo Sound in Nashville and Mastered by Hank Williams. Produced by Justin Abedin & David Leask. Lead & BG Vocals - David Leask. Banjo, acoustic & electric guitar - Justin Abedin. Accordion - Steve O'Connor . Drums - Mark Mariash.  Bass - Drew Birston. Percussion - Davide Dorenzo

- THE LYRIC -
I never used to blink
Didn’t even bat an eye
Not a ripple in my hazy view
Like a stoner on a sweet grass high
Then you went and made me think
I kind of did a double take
I saw a little more than I did before
And I came up wide-awake

Hey hey hey,
It’s all good
I’m on my way
And all it took was one second look

I’m in a brand new world
Floating on a stream of light
Got a Technicolor sun and moon
An amazing kind of second sight
And so I thank my lucky stars
You found a way to get to me
Showed me how to shine, blew my mind
And I love the stuff I see

Hey hey hey,
It’s all good
I’m on my way
And all it took was one second look

© 2010 David Leask/Songs In The Air & Debra Alexander/Wordmaven Music

6 comments

  • Shara

    Shara Belleville

    Love it (One 2nd Look)

    Love it (One 2nd Look)

  • Karen

    Karen

    Thanks for another great tune. ( got me smiling! ) Karen :o)

    Thanks for another great tune. ( got me smiling! )
    Karen
    :o)

  • Ed Hall

    Ed Hall Dundas, Ontario, Canada

    Love It !!

    Love It !!

  • John

    John Sydney

    Nice catchy tune...should definitely make airplay.

    Nice catchy tune...should definitely make airplay.

  • Sharon Hanks

    Sharon Hanks Brooklin, Ontario

    Hi David, Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for the opportunity to hear "Highway Home" in your e-mail. Great song......listened to it several times. Just noticed you are out in Durham Region several times, Unionville and Kingston Rd. in T.O. All easily accessible for Larry and I to come and have a listen. I've mentioned you to some friends. One of them has a band and plays in Markham almost every weekend, and his brother jammed with Larry's former band a few times. I will let them know to check your website for you dates. Hope to see you and your lovely wife soon at one of the venues. Really enjoyed meeting her that Fall afternoon in Port Perry, and have told lots of people what a gorgeous voice you have. Hoping this year is outstanding!!! Best Wishes, Sharon

    Hi David, Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for the opportunity to hear "Highway Home" in your e-mail. Great song......listened to it several times.

    Just noticed you are out in Durham Region several times, Unionville and Kingston Rd. in T.O. All easily accessible for Larry and I to come and have a listen. I've mentioned you to some friends. One of them has a band and plays in Markham almost every weekend, and his brother jammed with Larry's former band a few times. I will let them know to check your website for you dates. Hope to see you and your lovely wife soon at one of the venues. Really enjoyed meeting her that Fall afternoon in Port Perry, and have told lots of people what a gorgeous voice you have. Hoping this year is outstanding!!!

    Best Wishes,

    Sharon

  • DAVID LEASK

    DAVID LEASK

    Thanks Sharon. All best to you and Larry. Look forward to seeing you out somewhere in the Durham Region. David

    Thanks Sharon. All best to you and Larry. Look forward to seeing you out somewhere in the Durham Region.

    David

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