i recorded the fifth monday song a few weeks ago, as i was preparing to launch the site. i had a few ready at the start: “ghost story,” “nadine,” “winston please,” and an up-tempo song called “and here i’m standing” i plan to premiere next week. the song i finished this week was too sad to put up the monday before christmas. maybe after new year’s. winston please, though sad and full of longing, has a sense of redemption to it, and a country folk gospel kind of vibe that seemed more fitting to the season.
i had the chorus in my head for at least a year, maybe two. at some point the phrase “winston when you ring me up, you always bring me down” got stuck in my head. not really sure where the name winston came from. i knew a winston in junior high (he didn’t know nadine). the old-fashioned name led me to the plot line. winston wasn’t made for these times.
the feel of the song takes some inspiration from joni mitchell, especially “blue,” which is one of the fifty albums in my top ten. i also thought a lot about bill withers’ “lean on me.” the chorus chords are definitely similar, and i had to be careful not to steal his melody. somehow the meaning of “lean on me” informed the song, where the narrator wishes her brother could lean on her, though, sadly, that will never happen.
this is another randy newman inspired piano part. i may just stop referencing him, as i imagine i will be stealing from him regularly.