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I typically categorize the songs on this upcoming album into three groups: pre-pandemic, post-pandemic, and songs that were written well before the pandemic but might as well have been written during the pandemic. This first song fits two categories. Two out of three ain’t bad, right? (Rest in peace, Meat Loaf, and Jim Steinman).

In 2019, I was dating this girl who might as well have been a Disney princess come to life. She was the sweetest thing, with big hazel eyes that were just unreal. Honestly, she looked like a legit Disney princess, and she had the personality to match it. Not just that, but was a gorgeous singer. In December of 2019, I asked her if she could be her own Disney princess, what would her princess be like. She told me she’d love to be a fairy princess- very earthy and woodland. So, I decided to attempt to write a musical around that for her. The musical was garbage, but it did give me a few good songs.

“That First Step” was supposed to be that “I want” song that you’d hear early in the first act that sets up the main character’s motivations. The song had a whole other name at first, but much of the verses were the same. Flash forward to July 2020, through all the craziness, I found a sliver of inspiration. I thought, “I’m getting sick and tired or feeling sorry for myself.” Then this other line was stuck in my head, “Do you ever get that sense or feeling that you were born for so much more?” That was very profound to me. I went back to the songs from the musical, came across those old verses and tried writing it again.

Talk about Christmas in July, but one song that influenced the theme of “That First Step” was “One Foot in Front of Another” from Santa Claus is Coming to Town. It may be a seasonal movie, but that’s an inspirational song for any day.

When it came to arrangement, I was heavily inspired by the Tarzan soundtrack by Phil Collins and Mark Mancina. It is easily my favorite Disney soundtrack. Plus, the jungle vibes were perfect for the woodland feeling I wanted when I was originally writing the musical. This is the first song that I presented to the band, and I think our efforts on it laid out the groundwork for everything else that was to come. 

Special thanks to all who played on this track: Alex Hitrick, Ben Grant, and Joe Benevento!


Published by Conor Walsh

"Conor was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, where attended St. Peter's Catholic School in Hyde Park for K-8th, and continued his schooling at FD Roosevelt Public High School. Throughout his childhood, Conor was always occupied with sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball and lacrosse, along with being involved in school theatre, and taking guitar lessons with 2014's International Finger-style Champion and singer-songwriter Helen Avakian. Helen was Conor's first major outlet into pursuing music, as she taught him skills in playing guitar, singing, and songwriting. Conor is now pursuing a degree in Music Industry at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where he studies many aspects of the business such as live sound, studio production, publishing, management, and more. JWill from the JWill Jamboree on KISS 96.1FM once described Conor as a “mix between Shawn Mendes and Michael Buble." Conor takes many of his influences from 90s and 2000s bands such as Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, 3 Doors Down, Lifehouse, and Daughtry; along with classic rock artists like Journey, Foreigner, Bob Seeger; and country acts such as George Strait, Restless Heart, and Zac Brown Band. Conor also finds much inspiration from the storytelling, and soothing aspects of artists such as John Denver, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, and most recently Amos Lee. Conor released his first self-recorded/produced album, “Spend Some Time,” back in the November of 2017, and released an EP called “By Your Side” back in May of 2018. Conor’s last release was the single, We Can Dance, which he dropped in September 2018. Conor is currently promoting his next EP, “Show Them What You Got,” which will be released September 27th, 2019, but will be releasing the single for “Yes” early on August 9th. One can find Conor's music on most music distribution and streaming sites, such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Pandora, Amazon Music, YouTube, and more. His song “Spend Some Time” received notoriety as it was featured in and was a finalist for The Taste of Country Hometown Risers Contest back in December of 2017. Spend Some Time later helped pave the way for Conor to win PBS’s televised talent series Celebration of Music (Troy Division) in October of 2018. Conor will be featured in a nationally televised concert series put on by PBS, which starts filming in October of 2019. Conor is an avid believer that music is the universal language because it expresses emotions better than any other form of communication he can think of. There is a long, rich history of writing and performing music, and Conor feels lucky and honored to embrace a life in which he can be a part of that tradition."

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