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Rest in Peace to Marvin Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, who passed away Friday at the age of 74. I’ll be writing a full obituary about Loaf next week, but I wanted to take a moment to remember his legacy here. Few musicians have had a greater impact on my vocal and composition than Meat Loaf and his frequent collaborator, songwriter Jim Steinman. In a series about songwriting, it seemed fitting to acknowledge his influence. Indeed, today’s song, “By the Light of the Laptop Screen,” owes much to the rock ‘n’ roll-meets-Broadway style of Loaf/Steinman.
Today marks the third installment of the six-part Behind the Songs miniseries for SubscribeStar Saturday. In this series, I’m going to reveal the stories behind each of the six songs on my debut EP, Contest Winner EP. I’ll go track-by-track, in order, detailing the inspirations behind these songs.
This week’s tune, “By the Light of the Laptop Screen,” is something of a companion to “Hipster Girl Next Door.” The two songs are part of what I call my “two-part coffee shop trilogy” (I wrote another song, “Sweet Little Ukulele Player,” that was something of a third part, but I seldom play it, and I don’t think it rises to the level of the other two tunes).
Like “Hipster Girl Next Door” and “Greek Fair,” “By the Light of the Laptop Screen” has becoming something of a fan favorite. A graduating senior used it (to my delight and, given the lyrics, my chagrin) to accompany his graduation slideshow—while receiving his high school diploma!
There’s also been rich speculation about who this song is about. Today, I reveal all.