Sammy Coulter & Company

The Story Behind The Song--Can't Stop Loving You





For this entry, I hand over the "pen" to Rhonda since Can't Stop Loving You began as her baby. 

Cooking scrambled eggs! What?! That is when the tune/lyrics came into my head. Like a song on the radio is how it sounds, very clear. Within 20 seconds or less, the skillet was off the stove, phone in hand, entered and closed the door to the nearest room and sang these words into my phone. And, yes, after that I finished cooking the eggs!


The photo is the transcription of the lyrics from the recording. All I could think about was working on the song. The creative energy was bubbling -like a boiling pot with a too tight lid- inside of me. Then, the quiet time, to sit down with paper (yes paper) and pen and begin immersing myself into the heart of the song.


The lines take shape as a sentence here and a phrase there. Then it clicks -combine this phrase with that sentence, remove a word – oh wait – that line belongs in the second verse. Okay, now we're getting somewhere! Always trying to be concise/remembering the emotion/the picture. And this is repeated over and over and over and over. Always looking for the weakest phrase/word and replacing those. Over and over. Did I mention doing this over and over? Until there is a feeling inside of okay, let's live with this. It's a fine tuning going from larger to smaller and smaller until there is a feeling of peace inside.


***A note about words...too many clutter my mind and, I imagine, the minds of others. So I try to create a feeling and a thought a sense of 'being there' with as few words as possible. Relentlessly, “predator- after- prey” focused, searching for the right word/phrase to create/express a moment, an emotion.***


After much writing and rewriting and singing into the phone to hear how the words sound I sent the song to Sammy. He liked it. Hurray! He added his expertise, opinions, ideas... his musical magic....and his voice (WOW!)...Then the real test, we sent the song to Peter and he liked it. Super hurray! And here we are. The passion filled love song, “CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU”.


Any questions about the song do this....

  1. Turn the song on

  2. Close your eyes

  3. Let the music/lyrics/vocals be the movie in your mind



The Story Behind the Lyrics__Under My Big Mimosa Tree



The Story Behind the Song

Under My Big Mimosa Tree

 Under my big mimosa tree cover art

An old farm house I rented while I lived in central California had this magnificent old mulberry tree just outside the kitchen door. It provided wonderful shade from the hot summer sun and the berries were sweet & tasty. One summer I set up an old claw foot bathtub in it's shade, just out of reach of falling berries. Filled with cool water, many a hot, dry evening were spent there soaking in cool water with my radio & a cold drink. Mimosa Tree began as a fun little ditty about that old tree.


With pen & paper in hand, my fertile imagination kicked in and ideas began to flow. Soon, a song began to... um... to take root. Of course, anyone who has ever gone near a mulberry knows they're way too messy to entertain 'guests' there. Mimosa's are far more accommodating and the word, mimosa seemed somehow more poetic.


Originally the song was a slow, swing beat jazz tune featured on my Ladies Night CD. The arrangement offered here is the blues/rock version I currently sing at my live shows. It's one of Miz Linda's favorites.


Miz Linda, you ask? She's the one you'll see at nearly all of our local shows. She's one of those dear friends who's always spreading the word & cheering us on. Miz Linda is the one in the front row, clapping, singing along, and filling the room with her enthusiasm and infectious smile. She's our #1 Fan and our official good will ambassador.


Thank you Miz Linda. We know you'll be reading this. Many hugs to you.


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