Okay, I'll admit I never thought I'd be doing a
"story behind the song" for this one, but it's turned into one of my top-selling
songs, and folks have asked about it, so.....
Yes, there really is a Kyla. A
beautiful young girl (now probably a beautiful young lady...) then about 10
years old, from a small town in upstate New York. I had made the
trip out there from my New England home one July 4th weekend to visit friends.
We were watching a "Twilight Zone" marathon, and Kyla was not very happy.
I asked her why, and it turns out that she was going through some difficult
times in the life of a young child. Later that evening,
amidst the aroma of baking cupcakes, I was thinking how I might
cheer her up.
When I arrived home, I wrote the song, a
whimsical look at making the best out of unpleasant situations.
I recorded it ( that's the sound of real cement you're hearing in the
percussion) and the next time I saw Kyla, a few months later,
I gave it to her. She ran off to listen to it, then asked her mom to
explain what all the words meant -- and then she came over and gave me a hug.
That was all I needed to feel that the song was a hit,
and I hadn't planned to do any more with it. But, I had an open
space on the "Songs For Kids Who Touch the Stars" CD so I included the song, and
when it went into digital distribution, ten years after its original release, it
became one of my best-selling songs. I guess everyone needs to
keep a stiff upper lip....
One of the things I like about the song is the
variety of interesting rhymes, my favorite being "rocky lips"/
"Apocalypse". And the percussion was fun to do, as I don't usually get to
play cement blocks.
at CD Baby