Singled Out: Chapell's Giving Her More
Late one night, I was making my way through the Union Square Subway station on my way home when a melody began to appear in my head. And the tune sort of took hold of me to the point where I stopped walking quite as frenetically through the station and began a more relaxed stroll towards the platform of the L train. I quietly hummed the chorus into my phone so I'd be sure to remember it, but I never needed to play back the recording because the vocal line was almost instantly burned into my brain. I had no idea what the song was going to be about, but the melody felt gentle and soothing - like a lullaby.
My daughter was not yet 10 years old but was going through a difficult time at school. She was feeling a bit alone - isolated from the other kids. There was one week that for whatever reason was particularly tough on her. As I was sitting in a coffee shop in the village waiting to pick her up from ballet, I started writing down all the things I wanted to do to help her, to protect her, and to love her. And all the words I'd scribbled down in the coffee shop that morning eventually became the chorus.
Giving Her More was originally conceived as a much more stripped down song - just acoustic guitar and vocals. I was concerned that a more rocked out version of the song would overtake the melody. Jerry (Harrison) and ET (Thorngren) encouraged me to do a few takes with the entire band to see if we could make it happen. As usual, Jerry and ET's suggestion was spot on.
The full band version of the song didn't really come together until my friend Angeline (Saris) tried a new bass line - one that moved a bit more. The new bass idea initially sounded like a cross between "Billy Jean" and "Once in a Lifetime." Honestly, it felt a bit strange at first, but we knew we were onto something. We just needed to simplify the bass a bit. For me, simple is almost better. So after we took out some of the notes Angeline was playing, the song really began to sound like I'd heard it in my head late that night in the middle of the subway platform in Union Square.
As we put together the video for Giving Her More, I thought it was important to take the setting out of NYC. While New York provides the backdrop for almost all the songs on my album, I wanted to emphasize that the themes underlying Giving Her More are more universal. I also liked the idea of illustrating that sometimes in life you need learn how to get out of the way of your own happiness. There's also a number of cool little nuggets in the video that you might not pick up on the first watch. I hope you like it.