Singled Out: Yves Jean's Last Forever
"Last Forever" was one of those songs that was created by accident. It was 11:15pm, on a Thursday night. I was working at a bar as a bouncer and just finished breaking up a fight where I had to manhandle some rowdy patrons. I needed something to counter-balance the negative energy I just experienced.
Music has always been my salvation. I had my iPod connected to my earpiece and the instrumental version of the song "Last Forever" came up on my shuffle. I wrote the instrumental version of the song, kicking around for weeks--I had no idea what the theme or lyrics would be about. The song itself was rooted with an upbeat West Indian (Haitian) feel and pop rock chorus. I didn't want to make the song overly cheesy and happy. I considered that to be an easy way out in regards to songwriting. I truly wanted to have sad lyrics to contradict the happy feel of the music.
Haitian themed music has a dismal and sarcastic lyrical base, with the composition of the song being upbeat. I could have easily written lyrics about the fight at the bar. Although I knew it would not connect with a worldwide audience. I needed lyrics that came across universally. What subject is the best to get inspired for sad lyrics? Relationships. Everyone can relate to an unjustified, broken heart, when you put your best effort into something you love. Within a minute, the lyrics came to me instantly; "Jumping up and down I was beside myself..." I didn't care to even rhyme. I wanted to get the thoughts down on paper quickly. I thought of all the relationships over the years that went wrong in my life with females. I created one long scenario, rather than a bunch of verses to create stories. The song has both an optimistic and pessimistic approach to it. I'm truly happy for how it came out. However, I ended up losing my job as a bouncer because I was listening to music. I'd say that was the best choice I made to keep the earpiece in my ears that night!