What´s Life - Leo Susana
¨What´s Life¨is a song I wrote in 1988/89 while in Santo Domingo. It was right after I got back from spending a summer supposedly studying French at the Alliance Francaise in Paris. I actually spent most days there strumming a cheap guitar I had bought with a friend Emil ( who also bought one) learning songs, playing on the steps of Montmartre Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens etc. During this trip was when I got an inkling that I might be able to actually write songs. I had written riffs before and instrumentals, principally for the metal band I was in in NY, Broom Hellda, when I was younger. Now, for the first time, I was combining lyrics and music.
Songs were all over the place, of course, but this tune has always stuck out for me. I´ve played live a lot recently both acoustically and with one of my backing bands, Las Fulanas. I´ve also demoed it a few times.
I´ve decided to submit this tune for an NPR contest which might find me playing a Tiny Desk Concert in their offices. Keep your fingers crossed! I hope to finish my next acoustic album of all original tunes soon and release it in spring. A lot of the songs will be from my archives but also material I´ve written very recently.