January 2016 SongWire - Don't Buy Me a Drink

Cozy — Featuring Olivia Frances (vocals). Written by Olivia Frances & George Irwin. Produced by George Irwin at SongWire Studios, Nashville, TN.

Co-writers & Inspiration

Olivia Frances and I met at a BMI new writers mixer shortly after I moved to town. She had just moved to Nashville, too, to get a better picture of the music industry during her gap year between high school and college. We decided to try to write together, and our very first co-write yielded “Happy to Be Here,” a bouncy, feel-good, almost goofy song about going home and spending time with old friends. And as it turned out, both that song and a later co-write of ours, “Evergreen,” ended up on her recent album (also called Evergreen).

Realizing that we made a good writing team, we wrote pretty regularly while she was here in Nashville, and still write over Skype now that she’s at school in Massachusetts, which is how we wrote “Cozy.”

It had been snowing in Nashville and the Northeast, and our conversation turned to snow days, and how it can be so nice to be snowed in with someone you love. And how on other cold, nasty days when you have to say goodbye and get on with the grind, you wish you could take that cozy snow day feeling with you.

This song started with me finger-picking an open-sounding A chord, and Olivia started riffing lyrical and melodical ideas, from which we picked the title. Then, in our usual method, we brainstormed a bunch of words and phrases related to the theme, many of which make up the chorus.

So we wrote the opening scene, and then with a little wrestling with the lyrics and melodies, the rest of the song came together sequentially after that.

About the Recording

I put the track together in my writing room in Garageband X, played the guitars and bass (and snaps) live, and programmed the organ pad and drums. Then I sent the track to Olivia, who tracked her own lead vocal and harmonies, and sent them back to me to mix.

Cozy — Featuring Olivia Frances (vocals). Written by Olivia Frances & George Irwin. Produced by George Irwin at SongWire Studios, Nashville, TN.