THIS SONG IS MY REAL “TRUCK DRIV”IN” SONG! I AM SUPPOSED TO BE TRAVELIN’ WITH MY MAN IN SPIRIT AS HE RUSHES HOME.
This song was created as I wanted something like Six Days on the Road or one of Alan Jackson’s upbeat happy, have fun songs. I sing nearly everyday at different truck stops, truck companies or trucker bars. I needed a song just for my audience. Have you ever been to Loretta’s Lounge in Fontana?
Loretta’s Lounge in Fontana, Ca: a landmark for country music.
Well, trucker or not, if you love country music this place is as good as it gets. Top, top musicians come and play there seven nights a week with a great crowd. I have been so blessed to play there with some of the finest country musicians in the world. One of the chief editors of Hollywood’s top industry daily magazine/paper also loves Loretta’s. He says too, it is a legend! I am President of the Inland Empire UCLA Bruins. And many nights I have left one of our Alumni networking events at some expensive restaurant, and headed my way out to Loretta’s. You can take me out of the country, but you can not take the country out of me. Check out their site at: www.LorettasLounge.com.
COUNTRY ROOTS ARE MY REAL “SOUL.”
I can’t even sing Silent Night without it going southern on me. But, as for this song, I was singing to truckers, and I needed another trucking song to lift their spirits up….. so with that in mind, my creativity began, “He’s honky tonk’in down the highway”…..I could just imagine some driver listening to these words. And, then I decided I would have him coming home to his woman, his reason for being out there. And, so the song built.
I LOVE ROMANCE. I BELIEVE LOVE HEALS.
Yes, I do love romance. Immediately when I had this song done, and sang itout, only to get a standing ovation every time I performed it, I thought I better go in the studio and record this audience pleaser right away.
“THE WORDS” AND “THE BEAT” MAKE THE FIRE OF THIS SONG.
At Loretta’s after doing the song, I had to have the body guard walk me to my car. A hundred truckers who all had a few drinks in them, were wanting me to sign an autograph or something. I was happy, but I had nothing to give them, except me. I knew I needed to get the song on a CD. Loretta’s and all my gigs have promoted my homegrown CD’s that I made, prior to this real CD, and I am so grateful.
Recording a song is a journey. The engineer makes all the difference. But the whole process becomes a magical experience, with each part is crucial in the mix.
I went in to my friend’s studio, Swansong Studios in Canoga Park, CA. Brought some musicians together, and we went for it. But I got home, and thought, this song is not right. It did not have the power or groove that I knew had worked so magically when playing out. The drummer makes or breaks this song. It has to be right on top or in front. Well, I let it go for awhile. I had decided not to sell what I had recorded and let everything rest.
Recording is a challenge when you are competing with the labels that spend millions on one song. BUT SOMETIMES IT TAKES A FEW TIMES OF “GOING BACK” IN THE STUDIO.
Well, Michael came into my life. And he said, you have to redo that song. “You are right, your magic is missing.” So, we went back to the studio. Well, guess what? We went in, re-did it, came home, and go, “It still is not right.” We called everyone, and said, “One more time, please!” The lesson we learned here, and had to keep remembering, is how many hours are put into major recordings, and that in reality, my time spent was nothing. I had a vision with this song, and I had to insist on that vision, as others did not see it the same way. When you go in a studio, you the artist and creator really need to know where you want the song to go. Then others can add more to your work, but based on your dream, not their space. If you are not in charge of the piece, you will not end up with your song. This process was one of my greatest learning experiences. So, I hope you all like the song, as I did it “My Way”, as “they” say.
WE HOPE THIS SONG AND THIS VERSION brings joy to all those drivers listening to it on the road, and keeps them “TRUCKIN” safely, and happily!!!
And, always smile!!!
Susanne Spirit and Michael Twamley
Photos taken and arranged by: Michael Twamley
Song: HONKY TONK’IN DOWN THE HIGHWAY