“Each Song Has a Story” (Part 1 – Make You Fall in Love With Me)

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So the new album is going to be released in about 2 months, (Still waiting to receive them… sigh…) And I thought that since I was releasing an album with so many tracks- (17) it would probably be good to justify all of that music by telling the stories behind each of the songs/why it fit the album/ funny behind the scenes stories, etc… I’ve got a few minutes before I have to run to Jeff Berkley’s studio to record “The Star Spangled Banner”, and I figured I’d get my thoughts out for the first song now!

The first track on the album is called, “Make You Fall In Love With Me” and it’s the obvious choice to kick off the album. (As about a dozen or so people have written me have said.) Let’s have a listen, Shall We?

The song was written on September 4th 2010. That’s almost 2 years ago!!! Don’t believe me? Here’s the song 5 minutes after I finished writing it… 😛

The song was written about a girl I had fallen for named Michelle. Basically, I fell the first day I met her, and most of the tracks on this song were written about her. This song talks about the “HOPE” of making someone fall, when in all reality, you can definitely try to make someone fall and maybe even convince them, but I don’t think that’s what you’ll end up wanting, because that means someone else can just convince them to fall out of love with you.

Call it dumb optimism, but I believe that songs like this are written at a point in your life when you are confident, maybe even a little cocky, and things are just going your way. It’s hard to think about that now, because after the whole experience I feel pretty jaded, but I’m sure I’ll feel this way about someone else soon.

My favorite part of the album track is when the strings come in. When I listen to the song, it’s hard for me not to pick up my air violin and go to town.

My favorite imagery in this song is the part about going downtown. I have this recurring daydream about heading to La Gran Tapas on Tuesday nights and watching Tomcat Courtney play the blues. I’ve gone on several dates doing this, but it never gets old for me. Afterwards, I’d love to go to a coffee shop and just sit and talk and laugh and tease. I think that’s the perfect date for me. I think that’s the perfect night for me… Maybe that’s why I go so much! 😀

The part that makes me sit and think is the “Baby, I know that you’re scared, and baby I know you’re unprepared”. How many times have you thought, “It’s just not the right time to fall in love…” That’s like the worst possible excuse not to give someone a chance… but in the end, I think timing is almost a more important ingredient in love than anything else, because the person you are at the second you fall in love with someone, is generally the person you’ll end up being while you’re with them. (This is like the shortest explanation ever… I could go on and on and on about this… mainly cause my g/f in college ended up dating my RA and ending all of our friendships all based on “timing”… and he was an ugly guy… still is.)

Hope you dig it! Here’s the lyrics and all the cats that played on the album!

-j

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Make You Fall in Love With Me
(c) 2010
Written by Josh Damigo

Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Jeff Berkley
Mastered By Gavin Lurssen and Rueben Cohen

Drums – Brian “Nucci” Cantrell
Bass – Kory McAfee
Piano – John Foltz
Guitars & Percussion – Jeff Berkley
Violin, Viola – Marta Zaludova
Cello – Erdis Maxhelaku
Backing Vocal – Cathryn Beeks
Vocal – Josh Damigo

I don’t know where we’ll be
I don’t know what it is
I don’t know what I’ll do
When I’ll earn our first kiss
I don’t know how you’ll fall
I don’t know quite how long
I don’t know what
I’ll do
To get to live life with you

But one thing
I know for sure
Is one day
I’ll find a way
To get into your heart
To get in to your heart

Someday I
I Will write the perfect song
to get to hold you all night long
You can finally be my love
Someday I will make you see
Baby you belong with me
Someday I will do something
to make you fall in love me

Maybe I’ll make you laugh
Maybe He’ll make you cry
Maybe you’ll stop and think
That maybe I’m here for life
Maybe I’ll pick you up
Maybe we’ll go downtown
Maybe we’ll get to talk
Till there’s nobody else around

(CHORUS)

Baby I know that you are scared
And I baby I know you’re unprepared
Baby know what you’ve been through
And maybe you’ll find another man
Who thinks he can love you like I can
We both know he can’t
We both know he can’t

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About Joshua Lodge

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses and clubs. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident Josh retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for "Best Acoustic" and "Best Local Recording," opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third EP, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Josh spent much of the year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his album I Will Be There out now on Randm Records. From the joyous encouragement of “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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One Response to “Each Song Has a Story” (Part 1 – Make You Fall in Love With Me)

  1. Jenn Lunt says:

    I love that you’re doing this! It’s wonderful and brings those of us who are avid fans of your music that much closer to the man, the mystery, the legend!

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