Just one note… Song 279

I had an odd idea this morning. What could I come up with for a song, if I only used one note? Well, this is the result. Instantly I thought of droning strings, so, I tuned my acoustic to a version of open “D” tuning and got to work. Using only one note turned out to be quite a challenge. So, it all had to be about dynamics and rhythm. I layered a lot of different rhythms here. Some Indian, some Latin, some just straight up drum machines. Added to that were a few synths, bass an electric guitar. I only broke today’s rule with the guitar solo. Overall, it turned into a pretty cool song.

Song 279: “Just One”

Just one note to hold my reason
Just one reason to continue

Higher, and low down
Fire, and burned out

Just one breath, followed by the next
Just one spark that makes it burn

Higher, and low down
Fire, and burned out

Just one note


from October 2016, track released October 5, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams

Author: matthewsams

Matt Sams is an American singer/songwriter/guitarist from the Chicago area. He has been playing music since childhood and is now in the process of writing, recording and releasing a new song every day of 2014. Keep up to date on the progress by following Matt on Twitter @Somnistatic

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