WHOLE WIDE WORLD

by Richard Stuverud

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Back in 2008, as I was reflecting on what it meant to be a father looking at my 2yr old son, full of joy, with wonderment and awe, this song came to me almost out of a dream.
Inspired by a heart shaped stuffy toy that repeated the words "I Love You" when squeezed, which also happened to make Alexander laugh, I thought why not build a song around this universal theme?
With most of the pre K days at home, it was non stop creative activities from reading, painting, playing drums and ukulele. I naturally dove right into writing kid songs with the idea of jamming them right along with Alexander as the ultimate fun activity.

As this was all happening, I got a call from Jeff Ament and was requested to join him in Montana at his studio to track drums for his solo record (Tone 2008).
In between tracking drums I was able to also track a few of my works in progress, one of which was this song.
I laid down guitar, vocals and drums while Jeff was out running a few errands. Upon his return, he recorded his bass part in one take.
A couple of Nord synth tracks later, we had a nice 2 minute 30 second power pop number!

I had shelved this tune as I wasn't quite sure about actually making a kid's record.
I would jokingly make comments along the way which was "My kid will be in college by the time I actually put this thing out."
(As of this writing my kid, now a teenager, will be going into Highschool next year!)
So I figured I better at least release a digital single asap!

And now here it is!
Whether it sounds like a song for a kid's record or not, the message of love is clear.
And for the parents out there wondering where the time has gone, here is a song that captures those early precious days.
I hope you enjoy it!

Special thanks goes to Cathrine Veikos for the encouragement and love
and to my son Alexander who IS the Whole Wide World and more to me!

lyrics

WHOLE WIDE WORLD

(Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)
There you are
Wearing your your baby blue
Little peek-a-boo
Let me read to you
Where The Wild Things Are
Goodnight Moon and stars
It's so much fun, hanging out with you my son

Cause-
I LOVE YOU!
I LOVE YOU!
I Love you more than anything in The Whole Wide World-
Yeah I do

Mommy and Daddy are here
There's nothing left to fear
Here's a funny song
You can sing along
Wheels On The Bus Go Round
Round and round and round
C'mon little one,
Let's go play some drums!

Cause-
I LOVE YOU!
I LOVE YOU!
I love you more than anything in The Whole Wide World
I LOVE YOU!
I LOVE YOU!
I love you more than anything in The Whole Wide World
In The Whole Wide World
In the Whole Wide World
In the Whole Wide World
In The Whole Wide World
Yeah it's true.

Music & Lyrics by Richard Stuverud
Prabhujee Music Ascap 2021

credits

released March 5, 2021
Jeff Ament-Bass
Richard Stuverud-Vocals, Guitars, Nord Synth, Drums

Recorded by Brett Eliason @ Horseback Court Studios, Missoula, Mt, 2008
Mixed By Christopher Reece-Daddio @ Donut Time Audio, Oakland, Ca
2021
Produced by Richard Stuverud
Graphics by Dimitri Mavra

Cover photo by Richard Stuverud with Alexander @ The Oakland Museum Of California

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Richard Stuverud Oakland, California

Richard is a musician known for his work in the Seattle music scene as the drummer for The Fastbacks and War Babies, as well as Three Fish, Tres Mts and RNDM with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament. Richard has been working on solo material with his debut Memories In Kodachrome released in 2020, along with various digital singles in 2021.
His follow up, Hummingbirds is set for release on March 20th, 2022
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