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Disco Slam - “Speak Your Mind”

Sarina-Joi Crowe laying down vocal for Disco Slam - photo by Rick Clark

Sarina-Joi Crowe laying down vocal for Disco Slam - photo by Rick Clark

 

Disco Slam - “Speak Your Mind”

Sometimes a song comes into being so quick that it lands fully formed. This has only happened a few times and “Speak Your Mind” is one of those songs. It was probably written top to bottom in twenty minutes, certainly less than thirty. It was one of those times where I was feeling my then-marriage was a mess of non-communication and I this song tumbled out of me. The first manifestation of “Speak Your Mind” was a hard half-time rock arrangement with an ascending heavy guitar part, like The Beatles “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”, but it quickly dawned on me it would have more urgency in a disco-setting. All the background call and response vocal parts were in both versions and they are some of my favorite elements of this song.

Speak Your Mind

By Rick Clark

Somethings not right between us

And I know that it’s not in my head

When we try to discuss things

We might just talk bout the weather instead

Cause everything I try talking to you

It’s like talking to a wall

Are you afraid of what talking will do?

Of things it will recall?

Come on and

Speak your mind

You know you’ve got to speak your mind, yeah

Listen

Speak your mind

You gotta speak your mind, yeah.


I know you’re talking bout leaving

Then you hang around and mess up my head

Don’t you see what we are needing 

I hate to see a good love going dead.

Come on and

Come on and

Speak your mind

You know you’ve got to speak your mind, yeah

Listen

Speak your mind

You gotta speak your mind, yeah.

(Verse Break)

Everything I try talking to you

It’s like talking to a wall

Are you afraid of what talking will do?

Of things it will recall? (sung twice)

Come on and

Speak your mind

You know you’ve got to speak your mind, yeah

Listen

Speak your mind

You gotta speak your mind, yeah.

Listen 

Listen 

You’ve got to speak out 


The performers

Pat Buchanan - Guitars

Glen Caruba - Percussion

Rick Clark - Producer

Sarina-Joi Crowe - Lead and Background Vocal

Steve Ebe - Drums

Carl Marsh - Keyboards

Wendy Moten - Background Vocal

Alison Prestwood - Bass

Engineered by - Mark Rubel and Blackbird Academy students

Mixed by - Dwayne Larring

Mastered by - Alex McCullough at True East Mastering, Nashville, TN

 
“Speak Your Mind” session charts (photo credit: Rick Clark)

“Speak Your Mind” session charts (photo credit: Rick Clark)

Sarina-Joi Crowe and Rick Clark - Disco Slam sessions, Blackbird Studios

Sarina-Joi Crowe and Rick Clark - Disco Slam sessions, Blackbird Studios