That Thing (demo)

by Dave Rayburn

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Part 8 of my 12-part 2014 songwriting homework assignment entitled "The Garage Demos". One song per month (written, recorded, and released in demo form), created within the environment of an iPad using the GarageBand application. A combination of live instrumentation as well as loops and samples will be used to present twelve new songs within one calendar year. Each song will be presented as a "demo", and may or may not reflect the direction where the song will eventually go. Ideally, these songs will be a blueprint for what I hope will be my proper sophomore studio album, following 2012's "Phases".

Another leftover from the Garage Salesmen days. "That Thing", originally demo'd as an instrumental back in '94, was never finished. An attempt was made the following year to come up with some lyrics to go with it, but the idea was scrapped (and based on those lyrics... that was a good call). Still, the tune has never left my head. It's catchy, and so... I decided to give it a re-work, and put some vocals to it.

What you now have in front of you is my latest song... twenty years in the making. Hope you enjoy it!


She comes to me without a sound
She comes when no one else is around
She takes her time, and then she's gone

Like a song without a bird
She takes root in my every word
And when it's time, she will fly... away

There she goes
Walking away
There she goes
The way she does that thing

A careful eye to small details
A granted look as she unveils
And with a switch, she turns on

With the power to make me feel
A human touch that you can't steal
She reels it back, as if to say... no way

There she goes
Walking away
There she goes
The way she does that thing


released September 1, 2014
Dave Rayburn - vocals, electric guitars, programming

The cover art for this single was created by Dave Rayburn
and Northern California graphic artist Zack Flavin.



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