“Havana” is an original song born out of a contest held on the Muse’s Muse songwriting forum (new website at: https://www.musesongwriters.com/forums/). Lyricist-musician teams got paired up to write a song. The lyricist had to choose from a list of cities to write about, and the musician had to use chord substitutions for any major chords in writing the music.
Alan and I chose Havana, which presented a big musical challenge for me in a number of ways — the different guitar style, writing and playing a guitar melody, and generally just creating a song that wasn’t so doom-and-gloom. The results though were worth it, and it’s become one of my favourite music collaborations.
Lyrics: Alan Gentle (lyricadia.com/alan-gentle)
Music/Guitar/Vocals: Janice Ho