Phil Vassar, ‘Don’t Miss Your Life’ — Story Behind the Lyrics
Phil Vassar‘s latest song was born where a lot of his songs get their start: at 30,000 feet above ground. While most people settle into their seats on an airplane and immediately try to avoid talking to the person sitting next to them, the singer-songwriter takes to heart the term “friendly skies.” Phil struck up a conversation with the man sitting beside him on a recent flight, and their musings on how fast life goes by planted the seeds for what would become his brand-new song, ‘Don’t Miss Your Life.’ (Listen to the tune below.)
The writer of hits like ‘For a Little While‘ and ‘My Next Thirty Years‘ for Tim McGraw and ‘Bye Bye‘ for Jo Dee Messina, in addition to his own laundry list of hits including ‘American Child‘ and ‘Last Day of My Life,’ says he instantly knew he was onto something when he sat down to write this latest ballad. It’s a song that cautions us to stop and smell the roses once in awhile and enjoy life before it passes by in the blink of an eye. Phil tells The Boot the story behind ‘Don’t Miss Your Life’ in this exclusive story and video below.
“The main thing that strikes me about this song is it’s real, it’s about something real,” Phil tells The Boot. “I just wrote it on an airplane. I was talking to a guy sitting next to me who was retired, and it was a long West Coast to East Coast flight. I do a lot of writing on airplanes anyway … I always have my iPad, and that’s where I write my lyrics because I’m always a little bored and it gives me time to focus.
“This guy was telling me, ‘Yeah man, I’m retired now and I was working so much I missed this, and I missed that, because I was always gone and working.’ And I immediately thought about how much I miss with my own kids. I started going through my phone and looking at pictures and it just really hit me. My kids send me pictures on the first day of school or all of that stuff when it happens, and I realized I’m not in any of these pictures! I’m not in any of ’em! So suddenly I realized, wow, I have missed so much stuff. You don’t even realize, because you’re caught up in the middle of it at the time, so I think I got that song going pretty quickly because it was so real. I wrote it with Charlie Black, and I knew right when we were done with it, that this one is a special song. When you write one of those type songs, you just know.
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