Even though I was just one of 6 guests featured on the Episode 6 of “This Lifetime Next Year”, the episode was actually named after the song I wrote for my 7 minute segment of the show. Here’s what’s interesting though: That song was more of an accident, an afterthought, and a shot-in-the-dark attempt to introduce the world to my jingle-writing abilities.
Since I found my doppelganger earlier on in the year, yet I was still expected to keep submitting weekly video diary entries for my journey, I decided to have a little fun. I figured, “Hey, if I’m going to be on national TV, then I might as well make everyone aware I have a special talent of writing theme songs and jingles. This is my big chance…”
So I wrote a theme song for my portion of the episode and submitted it to my producer that week.
Then about a week of wondering if anyone had even seen it, the producer was asked me to bring my guitar to perform the song on stage in front of the audience, for the final recording of the episode.
For the next couple of months, I practiced that song until it became muscle memory. It was important to me that I sang perfectly on key, on rhythm, and didn’t need a 2nd take when it was recorded for the show.
Fortunately, my obsessive practice paid off and I was very pleased with the performance.
And here’s what’s funny to me about all this:
The whole episode was about me meeting my doppelganger, yet the majority of the feedback and the hype I’ve been receiving online from people who have seen my episode has been more about the song that I wrote and performed about actually meeting my doppelganger.
And apparently, the producer of the show recognized that the song was important, because not only was the episode named after the song, but the thumbnail they chose to promote the episode on their website is of me playing the song.
I am happy that the world now knows about talent for writing theme songs. This is not my first go at this.
Back a few years ago, I wrote and performed the theme songs for both of my children’s series on YouTube:
Uncle Nick’s Enchanted Forest
My inspiration for the title of the song, by the way, was Jimmy Buffett’s 1977 song, “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes”. Because after all, British Columbia in Canada is undeniably a different latitude than Tennessee.
So yes, the song was the result of me deciding to make things a little extra exciting for my 7 minutes of fame. It was a plan that came together and turned out even better than I had hoped.
I guess “Dudes From Different Latitudes” became an unexpected hit!
Here are the lyrics:
Perfect strangers, doppelgangers, it was just their fate
A soup package, a text message, a Facebook friend request
Dudes from different latitudes, Canada and America
Same face from another place, identical twins but they’re no kin
Dudes from different latitudes