|From Marty's Blog:
When we got back home after the elimination show we ate dinner and
Ty's mentor, Joan Kilcommons, surprised him with a visit. She was
really cool and it's amazing to see that Ty still keeps in touch with
her. Ty is such a great human being inside and out and I feel so lucky
to get to spend this much time with his creative soul.
Later, Dave Navarro showed up at the mansion and BOOM! Clinic… This
week’s clinic was songwriting and here is how it played out. Ty was
chosen as leader because he got the encore. Ty chose me as his first
partner. Navarro was clever and switched it so that Ty's choice became
the leader of the other team. When our side was realized it was me,
Jordis, J.D. & Jessica, I definitely thought we were the bad seed
group. A solid core as well. Andrew Farriss wrote the instrumental and
I was moved. It was a simple grove with a few nice guitar hooks. We
all started working and developing ideas. About an hour and a half
into the writing process J.D. didn't like the flow because he wasn't
able to control us as a group. He flew off the handle a bit and
decided to leave and not take part of the song. I was bummed that we
lost his potential for creativity and all of the drama had cost the
group over 2 hours of time. Jordis, Jessica & I were set-back but not
out of the picture yet. We worked for about 2 hours more on writing
the tune and in the last 17 minutes we tracked the song with no time
to spare. When it was over it was a relief and I went and hung-out in
Brandon's old room with Ty, MiG, Suzie, Deanna & Jordis. Once again
felt the loss of Brandon.
In the next part of the clinic with Navarro and Andrew Farriss we
found out we were going to perform the song for Andrew and Navarro so
Jordis, Jessica and I worked it out. Group one did their song and
nailed their poppy ditty, it was a really fun tune. Our team performed
our version and I loved it for the simplicity and rawness of the tune.
Jordis has a killer voice and turned it on in the difficult stress of
the situation at hand. J.D. then sang his version of the song and
included pieces that we all as a group collaborated on. That made me
feel good to hear that he kept those melodies and lyrics in his
vision. I respected that.
We ended up losing the clinic challenge but I didn't care. I learned a
lot from the experience and am happy with the way I handled myself
through all the stress. Not the best song I ever helped to write but
proud we persevered and continued the song through complications.
The winning songwriting team took a limo ride over to a posh
restaurant to have a 5-course dinner. Jordis, Jessica and I hung out
with our feet in the hot tub and just talked for over an hour. It was
really nice to have the house to ourselves. J.D. made peanut butter &
banana sandwiches for us.
When Ty, Deanna, MiG & Suzie got home from dinner it was time for song
selection. We walked in and saw envelopes with our names on them.
When I finally got a peek inside I saw I was given "…Baby One More
Time" by Britney Spears. I just about dropped dead right there on the
floor. What the heck am I going to do with that song. I heard a band
called Travis did an acoustic version. I just didn’t want this to feel
like a gimmick tune. I usually start to work on the song immediately
but with this one I took a walk around the Mansion grounds and
collected my head. Safe to say I was freaking out about having to do
this. I sat down in the backyard and listened to the song and started
working. Most of us singers were not thrilled with the songs we were
given. But, this was a test of will so I figured I'd give it my best
shot. Jordis, Suzie, Ty and I chilled out in Brandon’s old room for a
while and eventually passed out. Next morning was rehearsal day and I
started memorizing lyrics and melodies to my song. I went running by
the basketball courts for an hour. Jordis walked down and we talked
overlooking the Hollywood sign for an hour.
After dinner everyone went to Rokbar. Rokbar is a club owned by Dave
Navarro and Tommy Lee. I had too much work to do on my song so I
stayed back and got working. It was nice to have the house to myself.
The rehearsal of "…Baby One More Time" went better than expected.
Happy that I stayed in and worked on the song. We will see how my
version goes over.