Break It Down Series: Slow Burn

People often ask me how I come up with my ideas for my songs. So, I’ve decided to start this series where I break down the song and fill you in on the story behind it. Today we’re going to break down my song Slow Burn because this is the song that started my recording career. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I released Slow Burn (it was officially released to radio on Feb 29..leap year 2016).

ORIGIN OF THE TITLE: The title “Slow Burn” came out of a conversation with my mom about a relationship that wasn’t going the way I wanted. And my mom said “Maybe it’s just going to be a slow burn.” The phrase “slow burn” really hit something inside me and it sounded like a cool song title even though at that point I didn’t really know what the song was going to actually be about.

WHEN LIGHTNING STRUCK: It took a few days for the title to find its way to a story, but when it did, the song literally downloaded in about 20 minutes..both melody and lyric. I imagined how I had been approached by men who tried to pick me up and how some of them just came on way too strong, yet I found myself more drawn to those who were more subtle. The thought of the excitement of the chase, and the flirtatious moments before you actually come together felt sexy, but also empowering. The choice to put the power in the woman’s hands with the phrase “I’m worth the wait” felt like a great contrast to the other songs out there on the radio that are all about “I want you now. Take me now. Do me now.” This felt sexier, subtler and evocative.

THE MUSIC FLAVOR: With the genius help of my producer Joe Vulpis and my amazing musicians, we opted for a very sexy, “James Bond-like” sound for the live band tracks with multiple layers of programming on top to give it a contemporary sound with a vinyl feel. In fact the comment I hear most (which I love) is “this should be the title song for the next James Bond film” (if anyone can help me with that…cool!)

THE LYRICS: (© 2015 Leslie Becker)

GIVIN’ ME A SMOKY GLANCE FROM WAY ACROSS THE BAR

COMIN’ MY WAY I CAN TELL EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE

YOU WANNA TAKE IT FAST BUT MY M.O. IS

I LIKE TO TAKE IT SLOW

SO I’M NOT TAKIN’ THE BAIT

CUZ BABY I’M WORTH THE WAIT…

I LOVE A SLOW BURN

TAKE THE TIME TO GET ME WARM

A SLOW BURN

I LOVE THAT CALM BEFORE THE STORM

THE HEAT GETS ME HIGHER

TILL IT TURNS INTO FIRE

AND FILLS ME UP

WITH A SLOW BURN

IF YOU’RE GONNA SIT ON DOWN THEN

DON’T COME ON TOO STRONG

CUZ I WANNA SIP MY WINE

AND WAIT TILL THERE’S A SLOW SONG

THEN WE’LL TAKE IT TO THE FLOOR

BUT FIRST JUST BREATHE THIS

INVITING WEB I WEAVE

AND LET ANTICIPATION DRIVE US CRAZY

I LOVE A SLOW BURN

TAKE THE TIME TO GET ME WARM

A SLOW BURN

I LOVE THAT CALM BEFORE THE STORM

THE HEAT GETS ME HIGHER

TILL IT TURNS INTO FIRE

AND FILLS ME UP

WITH THOSE SLOW MOVIN’ SHIVERS

ANTICIPATIN’ QUIVERS

TOMORROW WE CAN TAKE IT FAST

BUT BABY FOR TONIGHT LET’S MAKE IT LAST

I LOVE A SLOW BURN

TAKE THE TIME TO GET ME WARM

A SLOW BURN

I LOVE THAT CALM BEFORE THE STORM

THE HEAT GETS ME HIGHER

TILL IT TURNS INTO FIRE

AND FILLS ME UP

WITH THOSE SLOW MOVIN’ SHIVERS, ANTICIPATIN’ QUIVERS,

YOU’LL BE THE WINNER IF YOU’LL JUST HESITATE

CUZ BABY I’M…

WORTH THE WAIT

Buy SLOW BURN HERE

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