Story Behind the Song: Brett Eldredge, ‘Somethin’ I’m Good At’
Brett Eldredge co-wrote "Somethin' I'm Good At," the debut single from his third studio album, with hit tunesmith Tom Douglas. Together, the two penned a song that celebrates all of the idiosyncrasies that make Eldredge -- and others like him -- unique. Below, Eldredge shares the story behind the catchy "Somethin' I'm Good At."
In the writing room sometimes, I get antsy. I pace the room a lot; I can’t always sit still. My brain’s always working. If I get bored on something, I have to jump to something else.
Tom Douglas and I, who is my favorite songwriter in the world, were writing a ballad for, like, five hours. I said, "I can’t do any it anymore. I’ve got to get my head out of this space. We’re in the darkest place right now, and I’ve got to shake it up." So I pick up a guitar -- which I never do with Tom Douglas, because he’s an amazing piano player -- I pick up a guitar, and I say, "Alright. We’ve gotta write something in 30 minutes. We can’t overthink ourselves. We just have to do it."
I started strumming the song on the guitar. We just started coming up with these quirky lines, rhyming things in different ways, kind of telling my story of my personality, which is all over the place -- just tried to give something that’s [about] embracing your faults and making them beautiful, embracing the randomness in my life, being clumsy and being okay with being clumsy, or whatever.
We’re all just people; we’re all just having fun. I wanted to remind people of that. In the end, that becomes endearing; that makes somebody smile. There’s somebody out there that’s going to like you and love you for the crazy mess that you are. That’s what I’m always looking for, and that’s why I wrote the song, and I finally found something I’m good at. That’s what it’s all about.
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