Singled Out: Jim Bianco's Sinners
Songwriting is usually a process. It's very rare for me that a song arrives all at once. It's mostly a painstaking operation consisting of a small but intense obsession with a melody, or a song topic, or both- and then a dragged-out process of attempting to twist, turn and manipulate words, syllables, meanings, phases and imagery.
But every so often, there is a song that just lands on your lap. The melody falls from the sky, the lyrics float down right after it, and VIOLA! You've got a song. No pain. No frustration. No twisting and manipulating. It just comes to you and you're done.
My song 'SINNERS' did just that.
I was at a 10-day silent retreat ( ostensibly 'retreating' from drinking, smoking, talking sh*t, eating like sh*t, screwing strangers and partying with my idiot friends.) It was day 5 and the whole song just hit me. Boom.
I wrote the chorus first- then about 5 verses to follow. The most difficult part was, seeing that it was a silent retreat, I wasn't allowed to sing. And because the silent retreat required you not only to abstain from talking, but from writing too, there was no pen or paper anywhere.
I sat and sang all the words in my head to a melody that I hadn't actually heard yet. I had to wait 5 days until I drove home, picked up the guitar and sang the chorus out loud, figured out the chords underneath, and ultimately finished the song.
The most ironic part is that, while on a retreat where I was abstaining from all things unhealthy, I wrote a song about drinking, smoking and screwing.
You can take the musician out of the lifestyle, but you can't take the lifestyle out of the musician.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album and get details about tonight's CD Release party right here!