When asked about the lyrical content of the record, Mars stated that “[he] just [writes] songs that [he] strongly believe in and that are coming from inside. There’s no tricks. It’s honesty with big melodies. And [he is] singing the s*** out of them.” Mars explained in another interview that after writing and producing songs
“Hey Soul Sister” was written by Train lead singer Pat Monahan. The words allude to his vision of the Burning Man celebration held ever year in the Nevada desert. The ukulele was added at the last minute because, “these words were meant to dance with the ukulele.” Check out the “Hey Soul Sister” practice track.
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” was written by John Fogarty in the early 70’s, and was recorded by the band fronted by Fogarty, Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was their biggest hit and last one before they broke up in 1972. Check out the “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” practice track.
Playing your instrument by yourself can be boring and often not very productive. By all means work out your part when there’s no one else around. But playing with others, or with a digital band like you find at Practice Tracks, can give you an entirely different appreciation for your instrument and your music.
“Tears in Heaven” is a ballad written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings in 1992. It was written in memory of Clapton’s son Conor, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment of his mother’s friend, on March 20, 1991. Tears in Heaven practice track