The Basement Sessions: All Your Days & Nights

erica bryan, behind the mic, beaverdamusa.comThis week I’m pulling out another Basement Sessions song we recorded. This song is called, “All Your Days and Nights.” I wrote this song about 2 years ago with a writer named Andrew Rollins. Andrew has had a lot of recent success with writing songs for the TV show “Nashville,” and one of his songs from the show was Number 1 on iTunes for a while! 

Before the write started, I was talking to Andrew about how I can only write at night because of my day job, and Andrew said, “Well then I want all your nights!” We both looked at each other and nodded in agreement that that was a great song title! So, we started writing the song. Another songwriter named Steve Pasch popped his head in the room and said, “You all need to say something about ‘days’ in there.” (Songwriters are very into opposites in songwriting–if you have “nights” you have to have “days,” if you have “first” you have to have “last,” etc.) So thanks to Steve, we had our hook! We built the song around the line, “I don’t want much from you, just all your days and nights.” 

The song is about a love that is fading and the singer wants her love to give her everything he’s got. She wants the passion back in the relationship and wants to go back to when the love seemed new and exciting.  

This song definitely hits home for me (well, I hope so, I wrote it!). I remember being in a relationship that was fading and years seemed to go on where it wasn’t new and exciting. Every time I sing this song, I try to go back to how I felt during that relationship. (Video is below lyrics)

Here are the lyrics: 

You don’t look at me the same. 
There’s no spark, we’ve lost the flame.
Your hand feels different in mine.
Has this love run out of time?

It never used to be so damn hard. 
How could someone be so close but seem so far?

I don’t want us to be something we don’t believe.
A temporary kind of love that leaves us incomplete.
I want to feel that fire, that passion and desire,
That only the two of us can make right. 
I won’t want much from you
Just all your days and nights. 

You used to send me flowers.
We could talk in bed for hours. 
Now it’s just silence in my ear.
So much can change in just a year.

About Erica Bryan

Erica’s passion for performing started when her mom brought her to her first theatre audition in Pennsylvania when she was eight years old. She didn’t make the cut. But the next year, she went back to the same audition and got the part. From an early age, Erica learned that with hard work and persistence, anything can happen. After her first show, there was no question that performing is what she would do for a living.
When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Roswell, GA, where she heard Country music for the first time. After listening to Reba and singing lots of Shania Twain karaoke, Erica decided she wanted to be a Country singer. Some years went by and, although Country music was always in the back of her mind, she started focusing more on her theatre opportunities, which led to her decision to study Musical Theatre in college.
While still in college, Erica performed professionally with Opera Birmingham, and spent her summers performing at theme parks and theatres. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue her professional theatre career. While in New York, Erica got to train with Broadway’s finest actors and was cast in leading roles in Regional Theatres around the country. During one of her shows, Erica had the opportunity to perform with a Country band on the side. Call it coincidence or fate, but Erica was back singing Country music in the middle of a theatre contract, and she fell in love all over again.
After another year in theatre, it became clear to Erica that it was time to move to Nashville, TN and pursue her original childhood dream of being a Country artist. Shortly after arriving to Nashville, she landed a day job working for country hero, Reba McEntire, at Starstruck Entertainment. By night, she began crafting her own songs and writing skills. Within a couple months of songwriting, Erica’s songs started receiving the highest honors from the Nashville Songwriters Association. She recently released her debut single “This House Is Haunted,” and is receiving radio play in multiple countries. For the Country Record describes Erica as, “one of those rare multi-talented people who most only dream about becoming.” Erica is currently touring with her original music and plays keys, ukulele, and guitar to anyone who will listen.

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