by Dan Weber
For several years I suffered from crippling anxiety and panic attacks, and in the midst of that, just over 6 years ago, I played my first ‘open mic’. In retrospect, maybe that wasn’t my best idea ever, but somehow ironically getting up on stage---terrified---helped me to overcome the anxiety and begin to accept the fact that for most of my life I’d never feet like I’d ‘fit in’. So when I woke up from a dream one morning with the phrase ‘I was never cool in high school’ stuck in my head, I thought ’ain’t THAT the truth’ and this song was born. Ironically it wasn’t even daylight yet, but I sat down on the same step in my house that I wrote ‘Hank and Jesus’ on, and tried to see if there was any magic left in that spot.
I still get nervous now and again when I get onstage, but there’s something powerful in giving it your all, taking your lumps, accepting you are, and letting it be alright. My humble suggestion is to hop in your car, lower the windows and crank ‘Pretty Good Tonight’ as you’re driving down the highway. That’s my plan.
P.S.: Thanks to Jerry Towell for the new chord change— Love it!