Tonight I picked up my guitar and started strumming its strings absentmindedly. I was in the mood to write a melancholy song – a winter song, if you will.
I found myself in a simple strumming pattern of C and Em, and sung some nonsense lyrics made up on a whim. “Good job, self,” I thought as I strummed. “This sound does sound melancholy.” And very familiar. I felt like I was subconsciously ripping off something, but I wasn’t entirely sure what.
It took another ten seconds for me to realize I was using the exact same chords and strumming pattern as the intro to “Space Oddity.” So much for artistic brilliance. Sigh.
Just for kicks, here’s the original version. I think it has more emotional depth than the single version.