On Song Writing

They say to write what you know. I know a little bit about heartache and a little bit about Dungeons & Dragons.

Geek courtship is a fragile thing. Sometimes you meet someone at an event, such as PAX or a board gaming night at your local game store, and your gamer flag is out there for everyone to see. At other times, there is still the moment of “coming out” as a person that likes nerdy things, possibly things like Dungeons & Dragons.

Admittedly, there is not a horrible stigma as there was before. Sure, geeky attractive celebrities have gone a long way to legitimize the hobby—but among the general public there is still an outdated misconception of the Dungeons & Dragons player.

The truth of the matter is, geeks go out and date, just like everyone else, so I felt no pressure to adhere to the stereotype when I wrote the song.

And when the relationship is new, and the hobbies are still uknown, there is a moment. A moment defined by a person dropping hints and saying they have things to do on Wednesday night.

“Oh, like trivia night? I love trivia!”
“Er, no.”

I wrote a song, called, “Wednesday Night.” If you know what I’m talking about, well then you know what I’m talking about.

What I’m astounded by was the creative process of writing this song. I’d dabbled before, wrote some chords down, wrote some lyrics, and then promptly forgot about finishing it.

From inception to final revision was about one week. Then performance on Saturday for the Gamerati event. I can’t take full credit for it, I have no idea where it came from.