Sunday, January 15, 2017

Miss Fire (How Good Can It Get?)



This one didn't go at all where I wanted it to. But it went where it wanted to go. But I'm getting ahead of myself...

Spintunes 12 is coming soon. The first challenge will be released January 20th. I hadn't even thought about writing for months. This was on purpose: I find that if I continually write, all of the songs tend to sound increasingly the same.  I get in a rut, and the best way out is to set it aside and do something else. The downside is that I have to warm up started again.

So I decided to give it a go with a private challenge. Here's the result. I'll have more to say after the song.



Miss Fire (How Good Can It Get?)

She got candy floss hair and an angel face
A little bit of heaven wrapped in leather and lace 
She got a sexy walk to make me stop and stare
She got a sexy talk like I want to hear
She's my one desire, My Little Miss Fire
On tiptoes in stilettos she can't get any higher

Oh baby… How good can it get? Oh baby!
Oh baby… How good can it get? Oh baby!
She’s my one desire, my little Miss Fire
How good can it get?
Well I ain't done with it yet!

She got a flair for fashion fit to stop the clock 
Like the ladies from the eighties when they knew how to rock 
She got a confident stride like an uptown girl
She got a top-down ride with the wind in her curls
She got Joan Jett, and Zarni de Vette
Playing on the radio, how good can it get?

Oh baby… How good can it get? Oh baby!
Oh baby… How good can it get? Oh baby!
She’s my one desire, my little Miss Fire
How good can it get?
Well I ain't done with it yet!

She got a basement room to keep down the noise
When she hanky-panky spanky all the naughty boys
In the game of Love she plays to win
And the smitten are submittin’ to her discipline!
She’s my one desire, my Mistress Fire
And her flail makes me wail like I touched a live wire!

Oh baby…how good can it get? Oh baby!
Oh baby… How good can it get? Oh baby!
She’s my one desire, my Mistress Fire
How good can it get? Can’t see no end to it yet!

[repeat last verse and fade]



Lyrical Notes

This started as some very old lyrics from William Hoover. Yes, the title was a pun (Miss Fire = misfire). And that was much more obvious with the original lyrics.

At the same time I was thinking about the explosion of musical styles branching out from the birth of rock and roll, and feeling a little nostalgic. I thought I might try out something influenced by 50s rock-and-roll, Robert Palmer, Billy Joel, and even Tom Jones performing with Art of Noise

Originally the idea was to subvert the trope of the "she's so fine" song, and it certainly starts that way.  Nothing special about the first verse... it just sets up the trope.

The second verse begins the subversion. We begin to see that she's not just the pretty face. She's fashionable, confident, and she is the one with the hot car. It also throws in a lot of imagery. "Ladies from the eighties" should remind us of The Go-Gos, The Bangles, even Madonna. "Uptown Girl" is there to remind us of Christie Brinkley, broad-shouldered fashion, and supermodel "attitude". The song name-drops Zarni de Vette here not only because I wanted to include mention independent female musicians, but because she has the best damned professional moniker there is. Not only does it rhyme with Joan Jett, but it continues the association with a convertible supercar. But Zarni's a Spintunes judge this time 'round, and to avoid pandering I'm releasing this now before it's finished, and before any challenges.

The one second-verse line that gave me pause was the bit about stopping the clock. That could be interpreted two ways, but I took the risk that context would keep it straight. Here it is supposed to mean "timeless" 


The third verse was intended to place her in a high-powered job in a corner office. I swear it on my mother's eyes. But the song had other ideas. The first rhyme that came to mind was "the smitten are submittin’." The rest of it just sort of went from there. 

As for that repetitive chorus, it's all in the delivery.


Musical Notes

Absolute bog-standard blues/rock progression. This isn't the sort of song that's intended to be musically creative, really. Just as with Country, it's all in the lyrics and delivery. The only even vaguely creative bit is the tremolo at "live wire". And that's stretching it.







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