Debs did lyric and vocal things! Plat did music and mixy things!
Plat was looking to try something easy and pressure-free and on February 21st I presented him with the idea of writing a song called "Big Girl Pants". Originally, the verses were going to be silly descriptions of pants. This is not our first song about pants.
I wrote a chorus and sent him a demo in which I basically just shouted (no melody). Fast forward to today (last day of FAWM) when we decided to try and finish it. It seemed incredibly ambitious considering how long it usually takes me to record things.
One thing that I love about Plat so much is how good he is when it comes to melodies, and timing in particular. I tend to be really straightforward in that way and he suggested timing for the chorus that made it a lot more dynamic than it was originally. We also kept challenging each other to up the energy of the song which was awesome.
In terms of the actual inspiration, a work colleague very rightly told me to "pull up my big girl pants" when I was doing the "am I good enough" thing in relation to my new job. I have been thinking about that a lot, and this song is a reminder.
This song also satisfies the Druid Animal Oracle challenge that @donna created here: https://fawm.org/forums/topic/10179
She drew the Fire Dragon for me, which you can read about here: https://partingthemists.com/2019/01/0...
Oh my gosh, this came together fast, just under the buzzer. This split of duties made creation super fun and pretty straightforward. I'm not sure why Debs trusts me with instrumentation, despite my eagerness to revamp bits and throw "chopsticks" into the first verse...but I'll take it!
Hey, hey, hey!
Okay, so we're doing this
It's getting real up in here, this shit is serious
Gonna take a risk, take a really big stand
Time to start where we are and do what we can
Flight check, are you ready?
No second thoughts, cold feet, stay steady
Revving up, launching, blasting like a rocket
4, 3, 2, 1 zero to a hundred
Are you intimidated? (hell yeah!)
Think you can handle it? (hell yeah!)
Is it all too big (hell yeah!)
Pull up your big girl pants
You wanted me well now you've got me
I'm first in line, go ahead and lay it on me
Give me all you got girl, I can take it
We've either gotta build this up or go and break it
Not afraid to get dirty
Cuz you and me know that this gonna get messy
We don't have to walk before we run
Cuz we gotta go fast if we want to get it all done
We all know that you've got this
You'll look back going, "damn, I really rocked it
I know that you're scared and I hear what you're saying
But you gotta stop kidding around and quit playin'
Girl, you wanna grow up?
The only way it's gonna happen is to show up.
One small step is one giant leap
Now open up your mouth and speak
No one really knows what they are doing
That's the mark of something worth pursuing