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Enjoy “OUT OF MY MIND” on Youtube!
In the early months of 1975 I started a new song on my piano titled “Let It Ride”! Let It Ride was a popular phrase at that time that refers to just letting go of a situation you can’t change. The song it is a story about a guy who failed at love and how painful the memories are when he sees his former girlfriend on the street!
Verse 1 has stayed pretty much the same over the years.
I SAW YOU THE OTHER DAY AND
THOSE OLD FEELINGS OF LOVE RETURNED
I SHOULD HAVE LOOKED THE OTHER WAY
TO REMEMBER THE LESSON I LEARNED
BUT AGAIN I LET THE THOUGHT OF YOU
TEARS ME TO SHREADS INSIDE
I JUST CAN’T LET IT RIDE NO
I JUST CAN’T LET IT RIDE
Verse 2 has gone through many changes over the years but basically had this form until recently
IT WAS COLD THAT EARLY FALL
WHEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU
IT SEEMED AS THOUGH WE HAD IT ALL
TILL YOU LEFT WITHOUT LEAVING A CLUE
IT WAS MY MISTAKE TO THINK YOU LOVED ME
WHEN I KNEW THE TRUTH INSIDE
I JUST CAN’T LET IT RIDE NO
I JUST CAN’T LET IT RIDE
Originally there was only a musical bridge with no words.
In 1989, I presented the song for critique when I took a songwriting semester taught by the late legendary songwriter, Jack Segal! In fact he recommended the line “TILL YOU LEFT WITHOUT LEAVING A CLUE”! I honestly can’t remember what was there before but I am sure it probably was more cliché’ – a bad songwriting habit I had at that time. Jack liked the song but felt it still needed some work so I put it on the back burner.
Over the years I made several attempts to fix the song like changing the title to “Let It Slide” but there are 2 lines in Verse 2 that I have never been happy with:
“IT WAS MY MISTAKE TO THINK YOU LOVED ME WHEN I KNEW THE TRUTH INSIDE” – the phrasing never seemed right to me so I would set it on the back shelf again.
Very often, for some reason, lyrics come to me when I am in the shower!! Last week, as I was singing the song, out of my mouth came two new lines for that section!
“I THOUGHT I FOUND SOMEONE WHO WOULD ALWAYS LOVE ME – NOW LONELINESS IS ALL I CAN FIND” With a new last rhyme from INSIDE to FIND – it now occurred to me a new title was needed and within minutes I replaced “I JUST CAN’T LET IT RIDE” with “I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND”!! I GOT SO EXCITED! I also decided to put some hope into the lyric by adding 2 lines where my musical bridge had been “ONE DAY SOON I WILL BE HAPPY AGAIN”!
The song was finally finished after 41 long years!!
I’ve been told that I am a persistent person – I guess believing in this song for 41 years proves that  I am!
Enjoy “OUT OF MY MIND” on Youtube! https://youtu.be/BxBat8mkOWE 
Dave
OUT OF MY MIND
© 2016 by Dave Colvin – Arnybarn Music (BMI)
Final lyric : VERSE 1
I SAW YOU THE OTHER DAY AND
THOSE OLD FEELINGS FOR YOU RETURNED
I SHOULD HAVE LOOKED THE OTHER WAY
TO REMEMBER THE LESSON I LEARNED
BUT AGAIN I LET THE THOUGHT OF YOU
TEAR ME TO SHREDS INSIDE NOW
I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND, NO
I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND

VERSE 2
IT WAS COLD THAT EARLY FALL
WHEN I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU
IT SEEMED AS THOUGH WE HAD IT ALL
TILL YOU LEFT WITHOUT LEAVING A CLUE
THOUGHT I FOUND SOMEONE WHO WOULD ALWAYS LOVE ME
NOW LONELINESS IS ALL I CAN FIND
I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND, NO
I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND

BRIDGE
ONE DAY SOON
I WILL BE HAPPY AGAIN

½ VERSE 3
BUT FOR NOW I’M LETTING THE THOUGHT OF YOU
TEAR ME TO SHREDS INSIDE CAUSE
I CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY
SOMETINES I THINK THAT I’M LOSING MY
GOT TO GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND
OUT OF MY MIND

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In the late 1980’s – early 1990’s I took four “semesters” of songwriting classes when we lived in the San Fernando Valley area in Los Angeles. I took 2 “semesters” with Jack Segal and 2 with Jason Blume. The one thing both recommended is to “write what you know”! In other words, if you know nothing about being a sailor, writing a song about that would be a struggle if not impossible.
I had also been given this advice by some very kind music publishers from Nashville when I was pitching songs to them in the early 1980’s. So around 1980 I wrote a song called “Out My Window” – a story about a person lay up in a hospital bed unable to walk. Because of my hemophilia, I had spent many weeks and months in such a bed in Decatur and Macon County Hospital in Decatur, IL.
davejudyhosp This photo is me and my sister, Judy in 1972 when I spent many weeks in the hospital because of a swollen left knee that wouldn’t heal.

Another such incident is chronicled in this excerpt from my upcoming auto-biography:
“Second grade, fall of 1962, was life changing. Again, we started the year walking to school. Nine days into the school year I was swinging on our home swing set. In hind sight, after having grown some in height, , the chains to the swings should have been adjusted to raise the seat higher off the ground.

            I used to love to swing as high as I could – each time trying to see over the top of the swing set as I rose on the back side. I would often swing very high and then on the down swoop – jump straight ahead into the grass. It felt as if I was flying!

This particular day, as I pumped my leg on the up swing to increase my speed, my right leg somehow caught on the ground underneath me and my right knee twisted horribly. This is kind of hard to write about as I can still feel the excruciating pain in my mind. Mom used to say she heard me cry out and immediately her heart seemed to stop.

I limped from the swing set into the house crying. My right knee had already started to swell. It wasn’t broken, but it didn’t need to be. With hemophilia, strains of any sort can cause bleeding into the joint, whether in an elbow, knee, hip or ankle.

Mom and Dad rushed me to the hospital where I would spend the rest of the year in and out of – sometimes for 30 days at a time. I can still remember the doctor saying I might never walk again. Well, he didn’t know me! I would show him!”

In all my years of writing songs before 1980 and since, the song, “Out My Window” is the only song that speaks on the subject of my bleeding disorder – though I do not refer to it by name. Another rule of lyric writing is to make the lyric as universal as possible – so I only refer to being in a bed and not being able to walk. Hopefully that will resonate with folks that have had a similar experience or know someone who has been bed ridden – only being able to look out the window hoping to one day return to walking!

A recent music video with lyric of OUT MY WINDOW (click link) is posted on Youtube!

From the time I was born in 1955 until the mid-1960’s I received Fresh Frozen Plasma to help stop my bleeding episodes. I generally received 2 bags at a time. At 250 ml per rational-use-of-blood-component-24-728bag that came to almost 17 fluid ounces – quite a lot of volume for a little feller! It was also a very cumbersome process. From the moment I would feel a “twinge” in my elbow, knee or ankle, Mom would call ahead to the Emergency Room so they could start the paper work. Once we arrived I was sent to the lab where they would stick my finger – it was necessary to cross match my blood type (A+) with the plasma. They also would wait until the blood sample would clot – which never made sense to me – that might take 45 minutes! The bags of plasma took 30 minutes to thaw. I would then be sent back to the ER to administer the plasma. Each bag took from 30 to 45 minutes to drip in – so I had to lay there for up to an hour and a half – again being so young it wasn’t easy to lie still for so long. But my sweet Mother would read me Superman and Legion of Super Heroes comic books while the plasma dripped to keep me occupied! While we waited for the plasma to thaw, she would often take me to the Card Shop and Snack Bar where she would buy me two brownies from local bakery, Van Zetti’s, a glass of milk and a couple of comic books!
They could never be certain how much clotting factor was in each bag of plasma which meant repeating the process the next day for a follow up treatment! Occasionally, it was necessary to go in the middle of the night and looking back I am so thankful for my family being so understanding!
My joints suffered so much damage in those early days due to the extreme amount of time involved and the lack of enough clotting factor getting in me quickly to stop the bleeding!

CryoCryoprecipitate – mid-1960’s
I remember being told a story of a nurse who worked in a hospital that had hemophilia patients. She happened to notice that as the plasma was slowly dripping in, she saw little white specks floating around in the bottom of the bag. Further analysis found these white specks to be the actual clotting factor that was needed – the rest of the plasma was not. So they came up with a process that spun the liquid down from 250ml to 15-20ml’s per bag. Also each bag contained 80-100 units of clotting factor! In my case I received 8 bags per episode. The process was significantly reduced in time and volume. It took only about 20 minutes to administer and only around 160ml of liquid!
It was around the mid-sixties I started to become interested in music – learning guitar and piano.
I started performing in public in the spring of 1968. I frequently would over use my elbows and need factor. But with the process improved, I’d get the Factor in me quicker resulting in less damage to my joints! I soon was accompanying the choir with my guitar and singing in school talent shows. By the time I reached High School, especially after I learned to drive, I told Mom I could go to the ER by myself! Looking back it was amazing how she always pulled it together to get me to the hospital for treatment! She also didn’t drive so Dad or my older sister Cheryl had to take us! I don’t ever remember hearing anyone complain about the inconvenience!
Factor VIII – Plasma basedAlphanate
Though concentrated Factor VIII was available from the mid-1970’s, I decided to stay with Cryo since the process was working so well, especially having set up a process in Normal, Illinois while I attended college at Illinois State University.
I had been given Factor VIII on different occasions on summer trips in 1974 and 1975. It seemed to work, but didn’t seem to me at the time to be as effective. Looking back it is very possible the ER nurses didn’t give me enough of the Factor.
I began using the concentrated product in May of 1978.
I still use the plasma based clotting factor to this day. There is an artificially created factor that is not from human plasma, but so far I’ve found it to not work as well for me. For others it seems to work well, and I keep trying new products but have returned to Alphanate. As clotting factors are created to work longer between doses, it is my hope to one day be able to use the newer brands.

The new process has changed my life DRAMATICALLY!
From the moment I feel a bleed coming on, I can prepare the factor and administer it in around 20 minutes! This photo shows what I now go through in receiving factor.                                                                                         Factor 8 I place a towel on the table to create a sterile field. A 50% dose – shown here is 1830 units – comes in one vial of white powder. It is mixed with a liquid diluent that blends clear. I place the blue end of the transfer device into the dliuent, turn it upside down and into the powder vial, the vacuum sucks the liquid into the powder and after 5 minutes is completely mixed.
Having removed the blue end of the transfer device, I draw the liquid up into a 20ml syringe. After tapping out air bubbles created in the transfer, I tighten the tourniquet around my forearm, clean the surface of my hand with an alcohol swab, then start the IV with a 23 gauge butterfly needle.
After slowly administering the factor via IV push, I discontinue the IV with some 2X2 gauze. Applying pressure for about 5 minutes, I then place a bandaid on the vein site. All in about 20 minutes!
The past few years I’ve given the Factor on a prophylaxis basis every other day! It has reduced normal bleeding episodes from weekly to just a few each year! Life changing!!

Introducing “This Side of Love“. (To The WORLD!)

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I was SOOO excited to find out that our recent song cut by upcoming Contemporary Christian artist, Madalyn McHugh of “This Side Of Love” co-written Greg Shields, Bobby Rennert and myself (Dave Colvin) was being released as the DEBUT SINGLE off her Stepping Stone CD!!

We were already SOO thankful and felt so blessed just to have the song selected for the album, but then to have it be the 1st single – well there are few words to describe how happy we are. We are also so happy for Madalyn too – she has such an amazing voice – well…. read the article the above link references from New Christian Music Now’s website! It is a site where radio programmers can go to hear the latest released songs and download the songs for airplay on their stations!

The message of Hope and Forgiveness and most of all LOVE that this song talks about will now be heard by so many people – that is the real blessing here!
And what is cool is the song starts playing when you open the web page!

Please go read the article, send Madalyn a message about how you like the song on her website at http://madalynmchugh.blogspot.com/p/music.html

Please also let me know what you think of the song, the article or anything else by leaving a comment here on this site!
Thank you for stopping by and I know you will enjoy Madalyn McHugh singing “THIS SIDE OF LOVE”!!
Dave Colvin
(also please visit my main website at www.arnybarn.net )

Dave Colvin

Performing at The Listening Room, Nashville, TN 03/06/11

One of the most challenging aspects of this songwriting business occurs when NOTHING is going on with your music or writing. Your creativity may be down or sales have slacked off – heck even “listens” are at a drizzle on your Soundcloud or Reverbnation page….But having worked in the corporate world also, these down times happen in other businesses as well – just maybe in different ways. In accounting each month we had “Month-End-Close” where we would gather all the prior month’s numbers into informative reports that could be reviewed by upper management and even eventually the stockholders (if it was a public company)  The rest of the month was a tine to not only get ready for the next M-E-C but it was a good time to get the workspace organized, do extra analysis work on the reports just produced or learn more about the upcoming change in the software the company was going to start using….
Right now for me at least, things are really slow.  So what can I do?
* I’ve got Arnybarn’s songs uploaded to the Music Libraries. I make sure to be on top of any placement opportunities but there are not too many right now for the kind of music we have. But that can be deceiving. A song might be getting placed right now but I won’t hear about it until the cue sheet is filed with BMI.* I need to finish my copyright project I started – I created a spreadsheet of all my songs that showed the BMI information and the copyright registration number. I was surprised to find over a dozen songs I thought I had gotten registered but still had not been.
* I’ve been working on a new CD for the Fall but trying to figure out how to work with the limited budget I have for that. I need to get the tracks to the point I can take them to an engineer friend of mine so he can do the finishing mastering on them.
* Oh here’s another project. I am working on eliminating having full versions of my songs on the web and replacing them with clips. But it is a tedious time consuming process. I discovered all of my songs (and probably your songs too) have been taken from places I’ve posted and put on other websites to be downloaded for free. They are mostly foreign websites but they are there! My videos too. The websites have a disclaimer that says something like “If you are not legally supposed to download these songs – please do not do so” – like that is going to stop someone?
* I need to coordinate my mp3 and wav files in a more efficient way on my computer(s) –

There are plenty of things I can do when the creative side and business side are not demanding my time and energies!
So, today I cleaned up the office! Please leave a comment and let me know what you do to fill those down tiimes in your songwriting! Thanks!
Musically Yours!Dave

As a music publisher and songwriter I am constantly pitching my songs to be considered for music artists’ CD recording projects. To do this requires subscribing to one or more of the industry “Pitch Sheets” that list current projects that are looking for songs. The listing gives who is looking, style/genre, when the project ends, contact information, pitch preference, etc.

Recently there has been a listing of a record label “on Music Row” that is looking for songs for an upcoming but as of yet unknown artist. The listing states that to receive cut preference, the submitter needs to attach the music tracks and that publishing needs to be available – meaning you assign the Publishing shares to this Record Label!

Now, assigning publishing is not so unusual if the artist is say Alan Jackson or Martina McBride, etc. but for an as yet unknown, upcoming artist. I’ve not yet run across this.

But for me, asking to freely attach the master music tracks to me is a bit much! And if I do THEN my song will be given preference to get cut!

I own the master instrument tracks to most of my professionally recorded songs and offer those tracks to singers/performers for a license fee that is reasonable and around the going rate. Those tracks cost quite a bit of money and there is no way I feel I should attach those tracks to my email submission for free, without even knowing if the song will ultimately be cut or even considered!

So, I ask my readers here, am I being unreasonable in my feelings on this? Is this not unusual in this industry? I have no beef against this label – they have they right to ask for whatever they want – but this is also a learning moment I believe for newbie songwriters and publishers.

So please put in your two cents worth on the subject or offer up any industry knowledge you have that might enlighten me and the rest of us!

Thanks in advance! I am looking forward to seeing your ideas and thoughts!!
Musically yours!
Dave

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