Lyrics by Amanda West
Music and Arrangement by Stuart Benbow

During February Album Writing Month, one of the long standing traditions that makes the experience so great is that it really helps people experiment with musical partnerships. Lyricists can find a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists to work with and vice versa.

Amanda West is a long time FAWMer and musical collaboration partner. We've worked together on songs on and off for a while now, kicked songs back and forth several times over the years. I noticed she had a set of lyrics that needed some music and I offered to give it a go.

What caught my interest specifically, beyond the hey, I need a song and I've got a lot of incomplete's but nothing finished, let's see if a collaboration would get things moving kind of motivation was First, I like Amanda's writing, and Second, the song itself. It's dark, tackling the issue of a stalker. I've gone that route on occasion.

Why? Seems kind of an odd thing to write songs about, huh? Well, if you ever watch TV shows like Dexter, or any number of horror, SCI-FI, etc. you' may or may not have noticed, but shows need music to set the mood. I also love to do halloween shows, and creepy is perfect for that, and I've been working on an assortment of songs for projects designed to actually raise awareness and bring resources to the victims of various crimes, including domestic violences, human trafficking and other crimes against women. I have a criminal justice degree and these particular issues are still very important to me.

Lyrics

Verse
You can hear the rustling in
The bushes right beside
Where you are sat
Alone with a glass of something
So red and cool

Chorus
Always watching you
It's so not cliche
Just a dream come true
Always watching you
This is my forté
As I persue, you

Verse
I can see how slow you sip
An' the tiny beads of sweat
Soft on your skin
Then you look at where I'm hiding
But you don't see

Chorus
Always watching you
It's so not cliche
Just a dream come true
Always watching you
This is my forté
As I persue, you

Bridge
Does your heart rate need a break
From the fear of not knowing
If I'm here or not
You still sensate
If I'm [Cadd9here or not
You still sensate

Chorus
Always watching you
It's so not cliche
Just a dream come true
Always watching you
This is my forté
As I persue, you

I'm currently recording my EP, Just Getting Started.  The first single, The Cobbler, is available now above.

It's also go time for the 50/90 songwriting challenge from July 4th through October 1st, so there should be plenty of new material to discover here and on my social media throughout the summer.