"Last Goodbye" by Michael Shoup
Song-A-Week, May 25, 2011 

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http://michaelshoup.bandcamp.com/track/last-goodbye

Download this version for free at:
http://michaelshoup.bandcamp.com/track/last-goodbye-2

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Welcome to the 8th episode of Song-A-Week!

This week, I had two people submit ideas via my blog on Tumblr which were very similar [thank you “christaking” and “blessingsforthebrokenhearted”] and asked for a song about letting go of a past relationship.

One of my favorite songs off my newest record is about just that thing, so I decided to record for them this acoustic version.  ”Last Goodbye” epitomizes that point in a relationship where you’ve realized that it’s just not right, but you’re still having to convince yourself to let go of it.

I hope you all enjoy this interpretation, and just for this week, you can grab BOTH the acoustic and full band / album versions of this song for FREE via the links above.

Big thanks to Danny Young and Paul Shearer for adding their talent to this week.

Lyrics and Tech details below!

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LAST GOODBYE

Nothing left to say
All my reasons behind me
So you go yours and I’ll go my way

Every step I seem to take
Is further from where we begin
And closer to I’ll start again

Chorus:
So maybe life’s not right
For what this love has got in store
One last goodbye
Is all I waited for
But I’m not anymore

But I keep finding you in a memory
All tied to
Tied to the best pieces of me

I always seem to play the fool
And wind up broken hearted
But I can’t tell just where it started

CHORUS

Everyone keeps telling me
The past is practice
And I just can’t keep killing time
While I get past this
Again

CHORUS

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TECH SPECS
Shot with an iPhone 4 using an Owle Bubo. Editing done in Final Cut Pro and extra audio editing in Logic.

ABOUT SONG-A-WEEK
Song-A-Week is a weekly video blog where I take submissions / ideas from readers of my blog and pick one [or a few] each week to write a song about. Viewers can submit ideas at the URL above, and a new song will be posted every Tuesday.

"History Train" by Michael Shoup

Download this song for free at http://music.michaelshoup.com
Song-A-Week. Submit Ideas! http://blog.michaelshoup.com/submit

Welcome to the seventh episode of Song-A-Week!

Wow, I cannot believe that this is already the 7th one of these.  Sometimes, these things just fly by!

I’m back from some time out of town and spent this week totally pumped to put this song out.  It was inspired by a blog reader who recently went through a divorce after many years of marriage, and I hope a lot you can relate… I certainly related to the message she sent me.  Thanks Barb.

Big thanks to Danny Young for shooting this week.  Welcome back to Nashville, bud.

Lyrics and Tech details below!

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HISTORY TRAIN

Our story ends where I begin again
I’m going it alone
I’m fine

Still navigating back to new and then
Old memories come
Crashing from behind

Chorus:
Now I’m back on track but it’s not the same
I’m haunted by my history train
It’s got speed and it won’t leave me behind

So somebody call an engineer
Cause my ear’s to the rail and all I hear’s
That wailing whistle blowing through my mind
And it says

I check the manifest for all my friends
But I don’t belong
On this line

And though the radio says clear ahead
I’m firing up my engine
For this climb

Chorus x2

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TECH SPECS

Shot with an iPhone 4 using an Owle Bubo. Editing done in Final Cut Pro and extra audio editing in Logic.

ABOUT SONG-A-WEEK

Song-A-Week is a weekly video blog where I take submissions / ideas from readers of my blog and pick one [or a few] each week to write a song about. Viewers can submit ideas at the URL above, and a new song will be posted every Tuesday.

"Irons In The Fire" by Michael Shoup
Download this song for free at http://music.michaelshoup.com
Song-A-Week. Submit Ideas! http://blog.michaelshoup.com/submit

Welcome to the sixth episode of Song-A-Week!

This week I used an idea submitted via my blog by Morgan Lee. She had asked for a song about the “road to fame” along with it’s joys and troubles. While I don’t consider myself anywhere near famous, I can very much understand the trials and difficulties that creep up when you dedicate so much time and energy to music. This was a great topic for me this week.

I’m taking a slight break from huge video production this week and taking off to relax for my birthday in a few days! You will find a much more energized and relaxed Michael for next week’s song.

Hope you enjoy “Irons In The Fire.”

Lyrics, FREE DOWNLOAD, and Tech details below!

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IRONS IN THE FIRE

I was running behind
With my heart on the line
But I was getting no where fast

So many things to do
To see it through
Always afraid of coming in last

It took so much time
To get back in line
And to find my melody

But now the voice is here
And I can hear it clear
And this is what it said to me

CHORUS:
How you gonna get higher
With all those irons in the fire
How you gonna get higher
With all those irons in the fire

Every now and then
I start back again
And everything begins to unwind

I stay up so late
That I can’t see straight
Oh how could I be so blind

Cause the road that I’m on
Needs me to be strong
Not living life this way

But when it gets too dear
The voice in here
Just stands right up to say

CHORUS

How you gonna get higher
With all those irons in the fire
Gotta make your load a little lighter
And cool those irons in the fire

CHORUS

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TECH SPECS
Shot with an iPhone 4 using an Owle Bubo. Editing done in Final Cut Pro and extra audio editing in Logic.

ABOUT SONG-A-WEEK
Song-A-Week is a weekly video blog where I take submissions / ideas from readers of my blog and pick one [or a few] each week to write a song about. Viewers can submit ideas at the URL above, and a new song will be posted every Tuesday.

"Simple Things" by Michael Shoup and Danny Young
Song-A-Week. Submit Ideas! http://blog.michaelshoup.com/submit

Welcome to the fourth episode of Song-A-Week!

This week’s song was based on a request by Gene Chaser for an upbeat, motivational song about living for the simple things in life for the future.

When I think about going back to basics and simple joys, I think about the first instrument I ever played: Piano. So this week I stretched the ole piano muscles, and along with Danny Young co-writing and playing the drums, I think it came out great!

Lyrics, FREE DOWNLOAD and Tech details below!


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SIMPLE THINGS

Every day the same alarm
But still it doesn’t wake me
A dead end job, so what’s the harm
Gotta find something to shake me around

Never thought it’d be this hard
When I was a child
I miss those things I disregard
Haven’t been there for a while

CHORUS:
Like riding your bike down your childhood street
And eating the things that you’re not supposed to eat
Whatever you do that makes you feel complete
It’s just the simple things

Change my clothes, change my name
Change my location
But everything just felt the same
It’s a life of simulation

Everyone’s just running blind
If only we would listen
Take a breath and just unwind
Find those pieces that we’re missing

CHORUS x2

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TECH SPECS
Shot with an iPhone 4 using an Owle Bubo and a Flip Mino. Editing done in Final Cut Pro and extra audio editing in Logic. Mics: AKG C3000, Shure SM57, Shure Drum Mics… oh yeah, and a 100 year old Piano

ABOUT SONG-A-WEEK
Song-A-Week is a weekly video blog where I take submissions / ideas from readers of my blog and pick one [or a few] each week to write a song about. Viewers can submit ideas at the URL above, and a new song will be posted every Tuesday.

"Bigger, Better, Soon" by Michael Shoup
SONG-A-WEEK, April 12 2001 

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Welcome to the third episode of Song-A-Week! This week’s song was inspired by a quote sent in by Molly Goodwin:

"Sometimes your only mode of transportation is a leap of faith." - Margaret Shepard

I had been wanting to write an up-tempo Summer driving song for a while, and this idea totally inspired me to accept the challenge!  The video was shot on the return trip from visiting family back in Ohio, and the whole thing was written, shot, and edited in 48 hours.  Lyrics, Tech details, and a FREE DOWNLOAD of the song below!

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BIGGER, BETTER, SOON

I can feel the wheels rolling
On 65
I’ve been waiting for the summer
Just to feel alive

Got no gas in my tank
But I’m not afraid
'Cause the only way I move
Is by a leap of faith

Drive, until the sky turns blue
Oh try, just gotta make a move
Oh I’m alive, so what have I got to lose but
Bigger, Better, Soon

Got my head lights bright
Cause’ the road’s not clear
I leave the sun of yesterday
In my rear view mirror

And try as I might
To pick up the pace
The only way I move
Is by a leap of faith

CHORUS

Speak up world, I wanna listen
Tell me all that I’ve been missing

SOLO

CHORUS

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TECH SPECS
Shot with an iPhone 4 using an Owle Bubo.  Editing done in Final Cut Pro and extra audio editing in Logic.  Mic: AKG C3000.

ABOUT SONG-A-WEEK
Song-A-Week is a weekly video blog where I take submissions / ideas from readers of my blog and pick one [or a few] each week to write a song about. Viewers can submit ideas at the URL above, and a new song will be posted every Tuesday.

"Collateral" by Michael Shoup
My first Song-A-Week!  Submit Ideas!
http://blog.michaelshoup.com/submit

Welcome to the first Episode of my Song-A-Week!

This weeks submission was inspired by a number of people’s ideas, so thanks to “begreeted”, “gremlar” and “annct” for submitting and helping me coming up with this one.

I hope you enjoy “Collateral” and stick around for what comes up next week.  Lyrics below.

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COLLATERAL

I’ve got memories of this town
From back when you were still around
The friends that I lost
And the missteps that cost me my pride

I may not be a perfect man
But at least I know who I am
With all this tossing and turning
From yesteryear’s learning inside

CHORUS:
I’ve got Collateral Damage
So much more than I can manage
Heart at the Helm
But I keep washing over the side
I don’t know what the plan is
Just trying to find where my dry land is
All open ended
Except this unintended
Collateral Damage
From living my life

My heart keeps looking like a travelogue
Every time I start singing songs
But all this rocking and rolling
Helps me keep knowing I’m alive

I can’t stay still
This lack of motion keeps making me ill
It’s something I gotta get through
This life I woke up into is mine.

CHOURUS x2

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ABOUT SONG-A-WEEK

Song-A-Week is a weekly video blog where I take submissions / ideas from readers of my blog and pick one [or a few] each week to write a song about.  Viewers can submit ideas at the URL above, and a new song will be posted every Tuesday.