Because some of my recent releases have been quite lavishly produced, I decided to keep this new song simple – stripped down to just my voice and acoustic guitars. The inspiration for “Morning Coffee and You” came to me in mid February and, once again, it was the words of my friend James Plimmer which provided that initial spark. Having already suggested I write a song about January, thereby inspiring “January Moves in Me”, he placed that song on his playlist “Morning Coffee and You”; in turn, that playlist provided me with the title and subject matter for The Vow’s latest single. To inspire one song is wonderful but, to inspire two is pure genius !!! Well done, James, and thank you.
The lyrical aspect of “Morning Coffee and You” is a reflection on my own years as an office worker, doing the 9 to 5. My motto was always “As long as they keep paying me, I’ll keep turning up.” It’s otherwise known as taking the money and running. Anyway, I did my fair share of service with a smile, making deals with the “mover shakers” and doing an awful lot of “tongue and grooving” too. I hope, if YOU are a desk jockey, that you can draw some comfort from knowing that you’re not alone in your little rat race.
At 1 minute and 55 seconds (including fade out!), Morning Coffee and You is The Vow’s shortest song to date, but I do hope you don’t feel short-changed by it. I know, for one, that I have never asked “Where’s the rest of it?” when I play The Beatles’ “From Me to You” (1 minute 56 seconds) or “I Will” (1 minute and 45 seconds). The song is done when it’s done. You don’t have to stretch it out to 3 minutes or even 2 minutes if you’ve already said everything you have to say. Always remember that good things come in small packages and that less is more.