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Shower Power


This Pepper Blend Story has been put into song, because it was inspired by a moment as magical as that of a rabbit jumping out of a hat. 

The morning shower is full of inspiration and we have a nickname for this type of magic, called "Shower Power." It's that amazing place from where generous ideas flow from nowhere into your body, mind, spirit and soul. It's unbelievable how powerful it is when hot water is blasting down the base of your neck, conforming to your spine, tingling the top of your head as the idea blasts its way through the ether to you. 

Why on earth does this happen to us in the middle of such a mundane activity? I believe the answer has to do with the experience a shower projects. It stimulates most all senses at one time in a heightened manner. Some may say it doesn't affect the taste but as soon as I suggest what a shower tastes like, we all have a sense of what it is. For me, it's a mild soapy cross between bar soap and shampoo, but somehow pleasant. 

The mind finds itself at the intersection of all 5 senses being compelled towards relaxation and release, helping eliminate any external influences that might inhibit a connection with the infinite realm of possibility.  

Gestalts are the doorways that allow ideas to flow in, and they require a specific situation to exist in the instrument that is our mind. The shower environment tends to induce this condition in the mind and sets us up for idea induction. 

Significant gestalts are built upon smaller gestalts, which is why honing our craft is so instrumental in excelling through breakthrough's in any field. 

So there I was in the shower when the lyrics to the first blues song I ever wrote, came to mind. The rhythm showed up right at the same time and compelled me to begin singing so I wouldn't lose the inspiration.


"You gotta pay if you wanna play" were the words going through my mind. Why? No reason, I wasn't even thinking of anything prior to that. It just alighted on my tongue and away I went speaking to it, singing its glorious ideas, belting it out in a melodious way. 

The best way to do this is to repeat the line that came to you and form a melody with it. And the fastest way to form a melody is to quickly determine what genre you want to sing in and then find a basic but fitting rhythm to begin "chanting" your short motif. Once you have chanted it enough to engrain it a bit in your head and your body, which you'll know is happening because you should be able to be grooving to it in your body. 

Then once the riff invades your body, it starts to sit with you, becoming part of you and automatic. This is the perfect time to start branching out beyond the riff, trying to add to it. 

There I was in the shower with a whole chorus in my head, but knowing the fleeting nature of my brittle brain, I started singing it out loud to ensure I didn't lose the groove. 

Hurriedly I completed my shower and ran straight for a pen and my guitar. 

It was 60 minutes later when I finished working out the lyrics and chords, verses, choruses, and pre-choruses. 

You see, once you have a riff and then a few lines, enough to make a chorus, you have your song. The rest of it, the verses, the bridge, everything else can be constructed later, but it's that framework around the inspiration that protects it for further development.

If you capture the essence of the song in those first few lines, and you let that distill into a conducive rhythm, you've captured 80% of the song's power. The rest is just production and process... well, for the most part. 

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Distilling all of this into a pepper blend is a matter of thinking about what we want to express. It could be that we want to make a blend about the song itself. "Pay To Play" could be a blend of Pink Peppercorn, Ginger, and Tarragon. With the thought being of a gambler in Vegas and The Pink Flamingo Hotel mingled with a cocktail waitress named Ginger, accented with the green hard cash of Tarragon. 

That's how I would think about it anyhow. In fact, that sounds like a great blend!

Ground Pepper Blend

White Pepper, Dill Weed, Caraway Seed

I'm thinking of a White Pepper, Caraway Seed, Dill Weed blend. The White Pepper is as the water, the Caraway Seed is that organic shampoo my wife bought when we were in Holland, and the Dill Weed is fresh and akin to the idea of Irish Spring soap.

But I was initially thinking about making a blend and calling it Shower Power, after the idea of getting new ideas in the shower and trying to capture that shower aroma and feel. 

As a military Navy man, I've been in "the showers" that were less than comfortable to be in, but the most impacting shower I was ever in was at Yosemite campgrounds at 6:00 am where some 200 hundred people all waited in line to occupy one of the dozen or so showers they had lined up face to face. Men and women, all in the same shower house. They were individually discreet showers, but a mad house nonetheless. Get out of line and you were out of a shower. But that's a blend for another day... I mean story. 

Here's the song I wrote, that was recorded on my iPhone, but it doesn't appear to be there any longer. If you'd like to record your own rendition and send it to us, we'd love to hear it and for each full song we receive, we'll send you a free blend of either Shower Power or "Pay To Play." 


INTRO
 

E7, A7, B7, E7

CHORUS

[E7]

You gotta pay

If you wanna play

                     [A7]

If you wanna play

                     [E7]

Then you gotta pay

[B7]                        [Bb][A7]

Cause if you don’t

[G7]

Then you won’t

 [Fm]

Know how to play

 [G7]              [A7]

Only how to pay

Verse 1

 [E7]              

There is pleasure in sin

For a momentary season

                [A7]

But then again

                      E7

That ain't no reason 

[B7]                    [Bb] [A]

For you to stay

                              [E7]

In the hell (bed) you’ve made


PRECHORUS (hold out the notes)

        [Em]

You gotta’ pay

                            [Am]

If you’re gonna’ play

CHORUS

[E7]

You gotta pay

If you wanna play

                     [A7]

If you wanna play

                     [E7]

Then you gotta pay

[B7]                        [Bb][A7]

Cause if you don’t

[G7]

Then you won’t

 [Fm]

Know how to play

 [G7]              [A7]

Only how to pay

Verse 2

[E7]

I’ve been down and out

That’s what it’s all about

[A7]

I’ve been shattered

                        [E7]

Nothing mattered

[B]                                    [Bb] [A]

Threw away my chance

                          [B] [Bb]  [A]

At a better dance

PRECHORUS

[E7]

You gotta pay to play

                                                [A] [Bb] [B]

That’s what the rule book say


CHORUS

[E7]

You gotta pay

If you wanna play

                     [A7]

If you wanna play

                     [E7]

Then you gotta pay

[B7]                        [Bb][A7]

Cause if you don’t

[G7]

Then you won’t

 [Fm]

Know how to play

 [G7]              [A7]

Only how to pay


Verse 3

[E7]

The tunnel is dark

But I see a light

[A7]

A speeding freight train

                      [E7]

In the dark of night

[B7]

It’s hard to say

                                [A7]

When I’ll leave this fray

But for now… I’m too broke to pay

[E]

So I might as well play

SOLO

BRIDGE

[E7] [F7] [E7] [F7] [G7]

[Em] (mellow)

Papa was a rollin’ stone

                                              [Am]

And I swear he never was alone

[Em]

But in the end

He said he’d do it all again

[Am] 

If he could only play

[Em] 

Without having to pay

[E7]

But you gotta pay to play

Yeah you gotta pay to play

You got to pay

If you wanna play

That is what the rule book say

You got to pay to play

You got to pay to play

No other way

You got to pay to play

ENDING

[B7]

What nobody tells you

[A7]

Cuts just like a knife

                      [E7]

If you wanna play

N.C.

It’ll cost you your life

OUTRO

[E7] [A7] [B7] [D7] [E7]

The reason for this blog is to give demonstration of how everyday life experiences can translate into PepperFuzion blends that are memorable and part into everyday life. By seeing how our stories relate to a blend, hopefully you're able to create blends that help you better connect to those people around you and in your life.


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