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This week’s song/music video is for the song, “Back to the Future.”

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I’ve actually had the idea for this song for almost two years now.  I came up with the chorus when I was showering one day, and it stuck with me from them up until now.

I’ve also gone through many free-styled versions of the song, but never seemed to have a microphone around when I did.  Despite this small setback, I knew the chorus was catchy enough to eventually sit down and write a song to it.

Then came this previous week.  I was going to do a video for a song I had already recorded, but sometimes life comes into play and makes you want to write about emotions you’re feeling right there at that moment.  And so it was with this song.

The song is called “Back to the Future” because, in the song, there is a conversation that takes place between my present self – i.e. “previous me” – and my future self – i.e. “future me.”  Previous me is pissed off because his life situation isn’t as glamorous as he’d like it to be, and the people around him – friends, girls, etc. – aren’t as reliable as he’d like them to be.  He calls up future me to vent and ask if he ever succeeded in his goals.

Future me, meanwhile, acts as a sounding board for previous me in the first act, then reassures his former self that, with a little patience and hard work, he will eventually reach his dreams.

I was prompted to write this song after various events that happened to me this week.  I won’t go into detail, but suffice to say, there were parts of this past week where people were either unreliable, didn’t stick to what they said they would do, or just blew me off completely without any explanation.  It happens quite often, actually, as I’m sure it has to all the other people who were ignored or mistreated by others prior to becoming famous.  Oh well – makes fodder for good song material!

I had another beat in mind for the song, one that I would have had to create myself.  Unfortunately, it involved a sample from a Nintendo game, and the company is not known for making it easy to get a sampling license.  Luckily, I found this beat online a while back, courtesy of FreQ BeatZ, and it sounded bouncy enough to get people’s heads bobbin, while at the same time allowing a sense of hope to be felt on the track.

Some Interesting Song Tidbits:

1. The original version of this song had a LOT more cussing in it than this version does.  However, now that I have family members checking out my page, I figured I should probably keep the cussing to a minimum, and only use it as a last resort (i.e. if the word I’d try to use to replace it would just sound silly).

2. The addition of the “phone voice” was added in last minute.  I was trying to figure out a way I could make a distinction in the two voices when they were on the phone with each other aside from changing the octave of my voice, but couldn’t figure out how to call myself.  It didn’t dawn on me until AFTER I had finished recording it that my phone had voice recorder on it!  I was considering doing the entire second verse in phone voice, but I would have had to re-record the ENTIRE song, and plus it would sound annoying hearing that for a full 16 bars!

3. In making a song, I have to make the scenarios relatable to everybody, not just me.  Therefore, some of the things mentioned out of anger by the “character” in the song – hating the job, clothes being a mess, friends laughing at me – are only partially true.  I like my job most of the time, I do have a few clothes that look decent, and my friends don’t laugh at me for following my dreams (helping me out, however, is a different story).  However, all these things DO happen to other people, so they are mentioned.


I could type about this all day, but I’ll try to make it short.  The video shoot took 2 days.  In the first part of the video, you’ll see me at this restaurant called “Willy’s” which is right down the street from where I live.  Because I had to get three time-periods (day, dusk, and night), I had to go back to the restaurant 3 times and be able to sit at the same exact table each time to film.

Amazingly, each time I went, the table I used was the ONLY table not being used! Thank you, God!

The next day, I filmed the scenes for “future me” at a nearby parking lot.  I did it during the day time because I wanted there to be a contrast between “future me” – who’s career and dream outlook is sunny – and “previous me,” who’s scenes were done at night to contrast with his feelings of dispair. Yes, people, I really put a LOT of thought into this stuff!

I was going to film the nighttime scene that very same evening after I got home from work, but I think I got tired or something, and went to sleep.  I woke up at 5:15 Saturday morning, and thought to myself: “I do NOT want to be filming this Saturday night, and then trying to edit this whole thing by Sunday morning!”

I only had about an hour-and-a-half before daylight would start to hit, so I ran downstairs and filmed the “coming home from the restaurant at night” scene, even though it was taped in the morning 😛

The hardest part of this entire video was the editing.  I went to Starbucks and spent 3 hours editing it, only to have my Windows Movie Maker program crash the program!  I had to start from scratch, and when I did, THAT program crashed also!  None of the programs would play after I saved them, and I got so mad, I had to quit and leave the coffee shop for some R&R.

I detoured to Target to see about buying another editing program, but they costs a LOT of money! Finally, I said “screw it,” and figured I would just post up another video that I’d already done.  Imagine my surprise, then, when, upon getting home, the program decided to up and work (almost) perfectly for the remainder of the evening.

Still, I WANT A MAC!!

Some Interesting Video Shoot Tidbits:

1.  I originally had another opening for this video, consisting of me preparing for my date.  This was in the original edit before my program crashed, and after looking over it again, I realized that, although I liked the opening, it took way too long to get to the song.  YouTube people tend to have short attention spans, so I shortened the opening (which included the clips you see now at the beginning).

2.  I usually like to include other pics and/or shots of me doing stuff within the song.  However, I really wanted this to look like a conversation between two people, and felt like adding all those other elements would distract from it.  The only outside bits of film in the video are the train and the scene where I’m asking the girl out – everything else is just me and myself!

3. You may be asking, “what’s with the look of the ‘future me’ clips?” Well, the artsy way of answering it would be, since most people only have an idea of what they THINK their future will look like, I figured giving the “future me” clips an outline look would symbolize the incompleteness of thought this successful future has.  After all, we don’t know what cars, buildings, or other surroundings will look like, but the outline of future progress is always looming.

But really, I just like the way it looked 🙂

4. The car in the video is NOT my car, nor did I vandalize someone’s property.  Atlanta has a ZipCar program which allows people like me to sign up for usage of cars stationed throughout the city.  Since I am part of the program, I was able to use the car as a prop without getting in trouble.  This is called “creative strategy,” people!

5. Lastly, it’s a bit ironic that I mention in the song how friends won’t help me.  My friend, Michele, was more than happy not only to send me a “rejection” text message (at the EXACT time I asked for it, no less!), but to call and leave a “no-show” message for me to use!  It’s also ironic that she’s playing the part of the “unreliable girl,” since she’s always been very reliable to me.  Thanks, Michele!

So, there’s your insights for this week’s song/video.  Enjoy, and I’ll see you next week!



This week’s song/video is called “Shout Out 2 My Big Girls (a.k.a. Big Girls Need Love, Too)!”

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5 years ago, when 50 Cent burst onto the music scene and became really popular, him and Lil’ Kim had this song out called “Magic Stick.”  I wanted to write a parody of the song (since I’ve always been a HUGE Weird Al Yankovic fan), and thought it would be funny to do a song called “Fattest Chick” (with the chorus being, “I date the fattest chick/take her out to eat once, she wants to eat twice…” and so on).

I took the 50 cent beat and made a freestyle to it – in fact, the entire first verse of this song is that freestyle verbatim, except for the last line – and was going to make a whole song out of it… but the CD I recorded the beat on started skipping, and I couldn’t find where I got the beat from, so I said “Screw it” and saved the freestyle as is, without any plans to release it.

Fast-forward 5 years (wow, that’s a LONG time):

In the course of my dating life, I’ve noticed that the majority of the girls I end up dating or having crushes on were those with a lil’ meat on the bones.  I don’t know why this is, but skinny girls, while attractive, are nothing in comparison to a big girl that knows how to accessories properly – and, they can usually cook, and I can eat a LOT, thanks to my high metabolism.

So, when I started making songs again, I decided to see if I could re-use the song I made for parody, and turn it into a REAL song.  When I was in college and went to parties, there was always a portion of the night where they would play this song called “Watch Out for the Big Girl,” and all the big girls in the club would dance to that song HARD, like it was their anthem or something!

Only problem was – those were the only words to the song!  And frankly, I found it kind of insulting – like, what, we’re supposed to watch out for her like she’s going to (a) run us over or (b) eat us??  What kind of B.S. is THAT?!?

So, I decided that I, too, wanted to make a big girls’ anthem, one that would allow me to use some humor yet also point out what I like about big girls.

Incidentally, the first line of the song – “Big girls need loooove, too/so if you’re a big girl, I loooooove you” – has been in my head for almost 6 years.  I just like the way it sounds, and encompasses what the rest of the song is about 🙂


This video was actually recorded prior to the start of this “One-Song-A-Week” project.  I had discovered a couple of weeks prior that I could make videos on my PC laptop via Windows Media Maker, and wanted to practice making a video I could then edit in the program.

Since I had just recorded this song, I figured I would do a video to this one.  I filmed it using my Kodak 6.1 Megapixel camera, and kept it real simple: a bunch of shots of me mouthing the words and/or dancing around in my studio apartment.  Edit in a few cool colors and transitions, along with some pics of celebrity big girls I find to be particularly attractive, and BOOM – instant video!

Also: I got the glasses from the Kanye West concert.  He came down to Atlanta on May 4th, and when I saw them, I knew I had to get them and use them at some point for a video.  Plus, they were the cheapest souveigneer available – and they were $10!

That’s all for now – see you next week!


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This week’s song/video is called “Erectile Dysfunction” (A Parody of Snoop Dogg’s “Sensual Seduction”) – Appeared on “The O-bama Mixtape!”

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Last December, Snoop Dogg released his song, “Sensual Seduction,” and after one listen, I KNEW this song would be ripe for a parody!  After taking two days to figure out what I could use as subject matter that would sound close to the phonetics of the original song, I suddenly thought of “Erectile Dysfunction” and burst out laughing!

Clearly, this was a good idea to run with.

I recorded it and wanted to get the song out there, but I had two problems: one, I didn’t have time to put a REAL video together because it was around Christmas and staying with family; and two, I wasn’t too familiar with any free MP3 download sites.  So, I found a bunch of pictures online, pasted them and put them together on www.onetruemedia.com, loaded up the music and made a crappy-ass video for the song, figuring it wouldn’t get much play, but I could at least send it out to my friends via youtube.

Imagine my surprise when, one day after putting it on youtube, it had 120 views – and I hadn’t even told anyone about the song yet!

5 months later, the song just passed the 10,000 view mark.  My brother’s girlfriend’s brother, who goes to VCU, said it was the #1 downloaded song at his school – odd, given that I didn’t give a link address for the download of the song until last month.  Guess someone must have recorded it and sent it around – and I couldn’t be happier about it!

So, enjoy the song! Come back next week for another song, courtesy of me!


*UPDATE: After the project ended, I started working on another website featuring a character named Non Juan, a puppet who is terrible at getting ladies to date him.  One of the music videos we shot for him was a remake of “Erectile Dysfunction” recorded in his voice.  This is the video that now takes the place of the original video which, as you may recall, was very, very crappy.  Enjoy!” – A.P.T., May 18, 2010.*

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