The most moving song from the Travis Denning short story Might as well be me EP is an acoustic ballad called “If You Need Anything Down Here”. If you imagine a tearful about carrying on after the death of a loved one, you’re on the right track, but something very different inspired the tribute song.
Talk to Taste of country nightsDenning shares that the seed for “If You Need Anything Down Here” began when his friend and future brother-in-law (country singer Walker Montgomery) learned that his dog had died unexpectedly.
“A young dog, and he was in Kentucky and it was just tough. It was tough for everyone,” Denning recalled. “I texted him and I just said, ‘Hey, if you need anything here in Nashville while you’re up there, let me know.'”
That familiar platitude of support started rolling through Denning’s mind. On the one hand, he meant it.
“If you need me to go get your truck to get your oil changed, whatever it is, I’ll go,” the “After a Few” hitmaker examples, “but that’s kind of – not an empty thing. I think it’s just something we say to try to make someone feel better.”
Paul DiGiovanni and Lee Thomas Miller helped Denning turn his pontificate into what he calls one of his all-time favorites. The lyrical title “If you need anything here you know how to reach me” blocked.
“It was more of a conversational promise like, ‘I’m going to make sure no one forgets you and I’ll always remember you,'” Denning shares.
The New Georgia Native Might as well be me EP is his third and includes the rowdy “Red Round Here” and significant “buy a girl a drink“, a song inspired by his relationship with his fiancée Madison Montgomery. This song is an essentially true story. Fortunately, “If You Need Anything Down Here” is not. Denning says he has never lost anyone from unexpectedly, and almost all of his loved ones are Yet he had his own moments when he felt the presence of an angel.
“My grandmother had a house on Lake St. Clair in Georgia, and my uncle and aunt lived there for five or ten years,” Denning says. ToC evenings host Evan Paul. “She loved the blue heron…every morning she would get up and look at it. Shortly after my grandmother passed away, my uncle was out on the porch, he hadn’t seen her in a long time and he was there first in the morning. So we always used to see the blue heron and say, ‘There’s grandma.'”
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