I wrote this song (gasp) 18 years ago. I can’t hardly believe it! It was my first real attempt at writing music. I had written songs prior, but I considered them ‘Joke Songs’. One of these joke songs, ‘Get Out’, turned out to be quite good but it wasn’t personal and there was no emotion behind it’s creation: ‘Joke Song’.
This song was written just shortly after my daughter was born. Being a father for the first time was, of course, life changing. It was like I had fallen in love for the first time. Her name is Madalyn. Everything else that was happening for me at that time was chaotic; marriage, full-time college, full-time work, it seemed like I was always chasing and failing to catch up. I was depressed and beaten down. It was one of the two most difficult periods of my 44 years on earth.
Being a father seemed like the only thing that I was good at. All I had to do was pour my heart out into this little girl, give her my time and she smiled, giggled and loved me back. Now she’s 18, graduating from high school and going to college. I am very proud of her accomplishments, but most of all, I am just glad that I know her. Take a listen.