A blog about songwriting and about the songwriter Luigi Cappel

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Watch Me Daddy the song

This year has been a big one for me. In February I gave away my daughter’s hand in marriage, as they saying goes. I had the privelege of walking her down the aisle, playing guitar as she sang Shania Twain’s ‘From This Moment’ and bit my cheek as we walked through a crowd of friends and family who had no idea we would make such an entrance. There wasn’t a dry eye in the park.

The PA system provided by Earwig Studios, (where we recorded my daughter Gemma Cappel’s single ‘From Me To You’, performed perfectly under the sound engineering of owner, Darren McShane worked so well that noone realised it was live music until we came out from behind the camouflage of the Daimler limousine we arrived in.

2 weeks ago, said daughter became the proud mother of my first grand daughter, Madison Purvis. This was the background from which my song, ‘Watch Me Daddy’ was born.

I wrote the song, both for her and also for all fathers and daughters because the sentiments I felt, are common for most parents. Fathers and daughters traditionally have a special relationship, but often fathers aren’t great, especially as their daughters become teenagers, at telling them how much they love them.

So with the song, this is an opportunity to tell your daughter how much you care, as I did. The chorus is:

I miss those days but I can’t go back

I miss those days they flew by so fast

I wish that I could live them all again

But there are new memories being made

New pages being written every day

I miss the old days but I’m loving the new.

The rest of the song is about how our daughters want us to watch everything they do, all their little achievements, how they put on little shows for us when they are little and keep ‘performing’, wanting us to be proud of them, as we are, which goes on until adulthood, as the last verse:

I gave away my little girl today, you’re going to change your name.

With tears of pride I walked you down the aisle and you said

“Watch me Daddy, one more time” and I love you.

This song could be your song to your daughter and my offer is to rewrite the first one or 2 (of 3) verses to tell your story of your special relationship with your daughter and the things she did to make you proud. I’m offering my skills as a songwriter to help you give your special gift to your daughter. How many girls have their own song written specially for them. What a treasure. Isn’t that so much more memorable than a picture frame or a set of linen? Everyone who heard this song and watched the slide show had tears in their eyes and love it.

You could do your own slide show to your version, or I can make one for you from your digital photos. Drop me a line at luigicappel@gmail.com if you would like to discuss this. You can hear the song on my MySpace page and here is the video from Youtube.

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On communication and Sunday Sundown

Just a quick blog today with a little message. I woke up this morning feeling like crap, I was barking like a seal, had a blocked nose and it was cold. I have a suspected broken bone (from playing hacky tennis) in my hand (scaphoid in case you are interested) and got up for a shave and shower and put my hand back into its splint.

It has been very cold in New Zealand the last few weeks with roads around the country closed with snow and ice and it was about 3 degrees in the house overnight, guess we were lucky.

Anyway, I hate winter and I become a bear. I write music, but I don’t gig very often. I hate playing in venues where the doors open and let the cold in every 5 minutes as smokers go out for some frsh air. Why is the stage always so close to the door? Don’t they know that it makes it harder to entertain?

So here’s the thing, I got up this morning and stuck my iPod into the Dock and listened to a couple of podcasts. The first was from Radio Free Amsterdam, some awesome blues whch got me moving and gave me the energy to clean the shower and other bathroom furniture and then I got into Sunday Sundown, a podcast which I listen to in English, but originally found when I was looking for some Dutch language podcasts to keep my mind thinking in 2 languages so that when I want to, I can call my friends and relatives in the Netherlands (I get that for free on my new Orcon account) and because being multilingual is good for the brain.

Anyway Sunday Sundown is an awesome podcast from the studio of Maurice Zondag (which is of course Dutch for Sunday). I don’t know how Maurice find the time to find all those great songs and artists, but anyway if you want an easy listen show with great music, check him out. I strongly recommend it.

Something else I strongly recommend is that you put your songs on the PodSafe Music Network and make them available to podcasters, because you never know when one of them might play it. I mentioned a couple of my new songs to Maurice in an email telling how much I enjoy his show and he sent me a Tweet (Twitter message saying that he was going to play my song I Tilted on his next show tomorrow. Hey if you are on Twitter you can follow me at Twitter and send me a message.

One of the great things with podcasters is that in most cases they record their shows because they enjoy doing it and because they are passionate about their music or whatever their interest is. This means that they are also likely to be gerat people to get to know if you share a common interest, especially when it comes to your songs which you are of course also passionate about giving that you wrote them and they are a piece of yourself.

So, if you, like me, listen to lots of podcasts, ad if you (I told you I have a cold lol), like me, often think to yourself, I should contact that podcaster and tell him how much you like his/her show (actually other than Mur Lafferty, Heidi Miller and Liz Barry, I haven’t heard many women podcasters). Stop waiting until you get a Round Tuit. This world is about people communicating with people and if that in’t what music is about, why do you write songs?

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