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I Hate to Namedrop, but Taylor Swift…

…said she loves my music, so how do you expect me to keep that to myself?

Because seriously, talk about a strange day.

I wake up, check a few emails and one is from the head of my label, forwarding me this playlist Taylor Swift put together on Spotify called “Songs Taylor Loves.”

I don’t really understand. But then I keep scrolling and there I am “Aaron Espe – Making All Things New.”

At first I think, no this can’t be right. But then I think, well who knows? At the very least I will tweet her a thank-you.

A little while later all of her fans start posting and liking and retweeting my thank-you tweet.

Wow, I should tweet about Taylor Swift more often, that’s the trick to tweeting. I’ve cracked the code!

I didn’t crack the code. The trick I found out was that Taylor Swift had “liked” my tweet which meant that the tweet became viral because that’s how much power Tay’ (if I can be so bold now) exudes in one tap.

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I Grew Up Without a TV, So One Year My Dad Rented One So We Could Watch the Olympics

We got it from Frank’s TV and Repair. It looked like the kind science teachers would wheel into classrooms on days when they showed videos about corral reefs.

I don’t really remember watching the Olympics so much as I remember having a TV. Because honestly, it was kind of unbelievable. We were a family known for not having a TV. In a small town, that kind of thing is attached to your identity. Kids would make fun or ask questions like, Have you ever seen a movie?

Looking back, I wonder what sort of sales gymnastics my dad had to perform in order to persuade my mom to let a TV in the house. I’m pretty sure she was anti-TV because she was anti-worldly influence. With the Olympics, she let every country right into her own living room.

Actually, technically speaking, the TV was in the dining room, propped up on a wooden chair facing the living room. My guess is that my mom didn’t want to rearrange the furniture. Didn’t want to let that TV get too comfy. Didn’t want us thinking there was a chance we’d transition from a TV-renting family to a TV-owning one.

My sisters, the Molines, and me watching TV.

All this reminds me that the Olympics isn’t just about athletes achieving seemingly impossible feats. To me it’s also about regular folks like my dad doing some pretty impressive stunts themselves. I mean, the odds were pretty much zero that the 1980 US ice hockey team would beat the Soviet Union.

But they did.

And to get a TV past my mom and into her own living room (slash dining room), the odds for my dad were pretty much the same.

But he did.

Love,
Aaron

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If I’m the Sun and You’re the Moon


INTRO: C – F – G (X2)


VERSE 1:
    C       F      G          C
If I’m the sun then you’re the moon
C       F     G
What am I to do
   C         F      G       Am
I wait till dusk, I wake at dawn
C      F     G        C
But I always miss you


TURNAROUND: C – F – G (X2)


VERSE 2:
    C         F            G     C
If you’re the shore, then I’m a fish
     C     F        G
And oh how can that be
   C           F     G       Am
I jump in the air to catch a glimpse
C       F      G     C
But you do not see me


TURNAROUND: C – F – G


CHORUS:
   Am            C
As I recall I’ve tried it all
   F                  F
If I was made, I was made to fall
    Am                C
But till the end I’ll always try
   F                Em         G — 
To fix our fates to one day collide


VERSE 3:
    C         F            G     C
But you are water in my hands
     C     F        G
I grasp and I pull you in
   C         F      G       Am
But you slip away before I can
C       F      G         C
Tell you what I’m feeling


TURNAROUND: C – F – G


CHORUS:
   Am            C
As I recall I’ve tried it all
   F                  F
If I was made, I was made to fall
    Am                C
But till the end I’ll always try
   F                Em         G —
To fix our fates to one day collide


LAST VERSE:
    C       F      G          C
But I’m the sun and you’re the moon
C       F     G
What am I to do
   C         F      G       Am
I wait till dusk, I wake at dawn
C      F     G    C
But I always miss you

C – F – G

C      F     G    C
I will always miss you


Written by Aaron Espe (ASCAP) © (A Dog Ran Over My Shoulder administered by Words & Music)

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Because of You


*PRINTABLE VERSION HERE
*CAPO: FRET 5
*CHORDS IN THIS SONG: E, A, ASUS, AND C#M7


INTRO: E – A – E (X2)


        E        A     E
I GOT LOVE MAMA, I GOT LOVE
      E                A
I GOT LOVE MAMA, I GOT LOVE
            E       A      E
BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU
            E              A-ASUS
BECAUSE OF YOU MAMA, I GOT LOVE
        E          A – E (X2)
I GOT LOVE


       E       A     E
I GOT JOY MAMA, I GOT JOY
      E                A
I GOT JOY MAMA, I GOT JOY
           E       A       E
BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU
            E             A-ASUS
BECAUSE OF YOU MAMA, I GOT JOY
       E   A – E
I GOT JOY


          C#M7              A
SOMETIMES ANGER DEEP IN MY BONES
         C#M7              A
MAKES ME HURT BUT I’M NOT ALONE
            E      A       E
BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU
           E           A    ASUS
BECAUSE OF YOU I’M NOT ALONE
     E    A – E
NOT ALONE


INSTRUMENTAL (SAME PROGRESSION AS VERSES)


        E          A        E
I FOUND PEACE MAMA, I FOUND PEACE
               E            A
I FOUND PEACE MAMA, I FOUND PEACE
            E        A     E
BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU
           E                  A
BECAUSE OF YOU MAMA, I FOUND PEACE…

          E     A      E
AND I GOT LOVE, I GOT LOVE
      E                A
I GOT LOVE MAMA, I GOT LOVE
            E       A      E
BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU
           E                A
BECAUSE OF YOU MAMA, I GOT LOVE
          E     A      E
AND I GOT LOVE, I GOT LOVE
       E               A
I GOT LOVE MAMA, I GOT LOVE
           E        A      E
BECAUSE OF YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU
            E              A-ASUS
BECAUSE OF YOU MAMA, I GOT LOVE
        E    A – E
I GOT LOVE
        E    A – E
I GOT JOY
              E    A – E
AND I FOUND PEACE
E
HMMM…


© 2019 AARON ESPE (BIG DEAL NOTES/A DOG RAN OVER MY SHOULDER ADMINISTERED BY WORDS & MUSIC) DORI MARCUM (BANZ MUSIC, LLC)

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