The past year was not a time to create but rather a time to wait for musician Aaron Trumm.
“I’m in the studio Thursdays and Fridays, basically, now,” he said. “I’ve got the only song that I wrote in 2020 finally coming out. It’s going to come out on my birthday, June 17, this year. It’s called ‘Wait,’ and it’s kind of my obligatory COVID song.”
“Wait” is not specifically about COVID but rather Trumm’s takeaway from the pandemic and the wisdom that came from it.
“It’s my sort of message to anyone who’s currently struggling and kind of wondering, ‘What do I do?’ ” he said. “Like, ‘What action am I supposed to take right now when it’s darkest?’ And often the answer that comes back to me when I sort of say that to the universe is,’Just wait. Don’t try to do anything when you’re scared and freaked out and everything seems bad. Just wait.’ So that’s the song.”
Trumm’s recent insurgence of creativity also led him to revamp his song “Happy Every Day.” A suggestion from a music licensing professional took the uptempo song in a Latin direction.
“He said, ‘You know, it has a nice Latin vibe, and you should lean into that, and maybe get some horns and percussion,'” Trumm said. “And I said, ‘OK. You know what? I’ll do it.'”
Trumm took to Facebook to find musicians who would lend their talents to the revised song. He connected with Paul Croteau, who created the percussion and horn tracks for the song. Nathan Menhorn contributed his drumming skills to “Happy Every Day,” and Rodney Bowe threw down the bass line for the song.
“Nathan Menhorn (is) local to Albuquerque (and a) longtime friend. (He is the) Chinese Culture Center drum team captain (as well as) a virtuoso and amazing individual,” according to Trumm. “Rodney Bowe, (I) have known him nearly 30 years, my literal entire career. (I) went to UNM with him. (He is) big on the local jazz scene and also an insanely amazing individual. Paul Croteau is a Facebook connection from Taxi Music (at) yopauliemusic.com.”
Trumm became excited about the song after hearing the other musicians’ contributions.
“All of a sudden, it was really good,” he said. “I remixed it. I have better tools than a few years back. So I said, ‘Well, let me make the sound better.’ And I started to discover the performance that the bass player and the drummer had done. They really were so awesome. And I was, like, I didn’t emphasize this enough before. These guys are great. I had to redo all the piano, because they were just covering everybody up. And then – boom! – there’s a song. Yea.”
“Happy Every Day” was initially inspired by one of Trumm’s friends, who replied “I’m great, man! I’m happy every day,” when asked how he was doing. Trumm thought to turn his friend’s response into a song. He began writing lyrics for the song and banged out the beginning chords and melody on a grand piano at his alma mater, Stanford University.
The revised joint effort of “Happy Every Day” can be enjoyed on Spotify, along with Trumm’s other music. More music, videos, merchandise and more can be found at aarontrumm.com.
For now, Trumm is releasing only singles through music platforms but plans to promote his work live as soon as he can.
Trumm’s underlining health conditions due to cystic fibrosis prevent him from performing in front of live audiences for now. Trumm, who is fully vaccinated, is awaiting more information on immune-compromised adults before taking the stage.
“I’m a little different; because of the (double lung) transplant, I’m immuno-compromised,” he said. “I’m vaccinated, but the data is pretty iffy on whether the vaccination really helps transplant patients. So I have to be more careful than other normal people. … We’ll see in the fall how it looks.”