15 May Featured Artist | Brent Buchanan | One More Shot
Brent Buchanan’s, “One More Shot,” is a shoutout to his high school days, his home team the KC Royals, and written for anyone who ever wished they could get just one more shot at something from their past.
“Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go back and make that shot..”
Tell us the story that led to you write the lyrics for “One More Shot.”
The idea of One More Shot came to me as I was reminiscing of the days growing up playing basketball in the driveway with my brothers as well as in high school and college. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go back and make that shot that could’ve won the game for my team?” As I started writing, the lines just started to flow from hearing my mom and dad in the stands, progressing to a trip to Padre Island with my buddies over spring break, all pointing back of wishing you could get one more shot at events that took place in your life. While my wife and I haven’t had any children yet, the third verse was written to portray how I imagine your life is flipped upside down when you have a baby, and the past events don’t matter as much versus what to look forward to in the future.
You’re a great rhymer. Does rhyme come naturally to you?
I guess you can refer to me as the Dr. Seuss of country music! I’m kidding, but I guess I’ve always had a pretty good knack at rhyming that stems back to my childhood. My parents are both school teachers so there was always a strong emphasis on academics so rhyming and writing were a focus growing up. Even to this day, I email a short one-verse song called the “Birthday Bongo” for each person in my family’s birthday. It’s a real crowd pleaser.
Are you working on any music projects different from before? What’s your next musical plan?
As I mentioned before, this is only the second song that I’ve completed and I have about 4 or 5 more country songs that are started, but I haven’t been able to put the final touches on those yet. I feel like the country music genre is the one most applicable to my music taste and the style that I want to write. Who knows, maybe one of these days I’ll branch out and write a hip-hop or rap song to really shake up my song-writing catalog!
Many songwriters at some point face the dilemma of wanting to write songs that will sell, while still trying to express the heart. How have you reconciled the two?
To date, I have tried to write songs that tell some sort of story that I have gone through in my life where it’s a common theme that others can relate to. I think it’s a happy medium where you write from the heart, but make it a common experience that listeners can apply to their own life. I feel that writing country music gives artists the ability to do just that. It doesn’t all have to be about tailgates, dirt roads, and fishing for catfish, but writing from the heart seems to naturally flow into the country music genre.