Girl All Alone - the song project that took 15 years.

I've previously written about Girl All Alone but that was three years ago when I only one reader1.

The song is about a girl who keeps all her dreams in a jar so I thought it would be cool to have a group of artists create Dream Jars. I didn't exactly know what that would mean but I think they turned out fantastic. Once all the jars were done I booked a studio and my dad and I did our best impression of studio photographers to get all the shots. I'd love to hear what you think if you'd like to leave a comment at my Facebook page.

It's been a long journey to get to this point. I wrote the song in the mid '90s. I've performed many times over the years at shows. I did a blog post 3 years ago with the simple demo. I recorded it for my Born To The World EP in 2010. I did the jar project in 2012. Next I'm going to create a book using the jars. You can keep up with the progress of this, and other, projects by signing up for my monthly newsletter on the right -->

Even though it's taken 15 years to get this song and its story to this point I'm glad I've completed this. Small steps lead to big things. Just because it may take a while dosen't mean it's not worth doing. In fact, the fact that it'll require time may just mean it's the worthwhile thing to do. 

Some of the artits said they'd like to do another jar so I think I'll do another series of Dream Jars. If you're interested in joining us get in touch and I'll let you know the details when it happens.

1 I've easily doubled that by now and I love every single both of you. 

Tucker, if you want help ... just ask.

Previously on Songs Tucker Wrote I told you about my Jars Project. It's official, it's started. I asked a group of artists if they'd like to take part and they said yes. All I had to do was ask.

I could have talked myself hoarse, with as much passion as the project creates in me. I could have waived my arms and sang the song. I could have filled them with excitement about the project and waited for them to offer their talents. I probably would have been waiting a while.

People are made to be chosen all the time - Wait to be chosen in line at the bank. Wait to be chosen for a record label. Wait to be chosen to for the Red Rover game. It's the greatest playground fear to be chosen last. But who likes to put their hand up? We love to be acknowledged with being chosen but hate to look show-offy by volunteering.

I waited quite a while to be chosen. To have someone say my music was good enough to be put in an album. To say my story ideas were good enough to be made into kids books. Once I decided to complete those projects I guaranteed I would never be chosen last. I put myself in the position of the chooser and as such I have to ask who wants to be on my team. I can't simply wait for people to volunteer, they are probably on the other side of the playground waiting to be asked. Or they are hoping I don't ask 'cause then they'd have to say 'no'.

I'd rather they said no to me when I asked than have them not volunteer when they did want to take part. That being said if you'd like to join us contact me, we'll be glad to have more friends in the project. 

Is there a project you need help with? Choose yourself first then ask someone to help, if you're passionate enough, they'll probably say yes.

Tucker, tell me about your jar project.

I've been thinking of a project for my song Girl All Alone. The song is about a girl who keeps all her dreams in a jar so they're safe from the world buuuuut ... things don't go so well for her. My project idea is to have a group of artists create what they think a dream jar is. You can read more about the project here

Part of my hopes for my songs is that they allow other people to tell their own story. Something in the song clicks with the listener and they feel like they can share their story as well. I hope that this song, and the jar project, might inspire people to start acting on their dreams. A jar is a terrible place for a dream.

I had the idea about a year ago and asked an artist friend of mine, Spencer over at Monkeyslunch, if he'd be interested. He was and has been waiting patiently1 for me to get my shit together and start the project. Since I recorded the song for my EP I thought this was a perfect time and got to preparing.

One thing I've learned over time is that people like to help. They like to take part. They like to support people and projects they like. All you have to do is ask. Sometimes people are too busy and can't take part and sometimes the project just isn't something they're interested in. You will never know, either way, if you don't ask. So, the first step to me getting this project underway is asking people if they'd be interested in joining me.

Learn more about the jar project here and if you are interested in joining me I'd love to have you along. Or if you know of someone who might be interested feel free to forward this article on to them.

1 By patiently I mean asking me, every few weeks or so, if the project was ready because he'd already bought the damn jars

Girl All Alone

When I wrote this song I didn't know what it was about and it took me a while to put a meaning to it. Imagine you have a dream (I want to be a dancer, I want to go to the moon...) and a friend says to you "You can't do that". Owwww right in the dream jar. The lights go out for a while. The Technicolor prism effect of the sunshine through your dreams fades substantially.

Basically you are the master of your dreams. You must keep your dreams close to you and let them shine and colour your existence.

A jar is no place for a dream. 

 


I don't have a video for this song so I repurposed a thank-you card I created for my Grandmother when she gave me, and my wife, her china set (pictured).