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Doin' What She Likes

by

Blake Shelton



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Blake Shelton was attracted to this Phil O'Donnell and Wade Kirby penned song by the song's male protagonist. The Country star admitted to Roughstock that he should be more like the guy in devoting time to his wife Miranda Lambert. "But every now and then," the country superstar added, "there's a day where it's like, 'You know what, we're not doing anything tomorrow, so I'm just going to do whatever you want to do tomorrow. I'm gonna be your sidekick,' you know, and she loves that."
Wade Kirby and Phil O'Donnell wrote the song in their cabin during a December 2011 hunting trip. It started with a loop that Kirby had built on a new drum machine that had a romantic feel to it. The pair began imagining the cabin as a getaway for a couple, purposely keeping the images loose enough that the storyline could fit a couple at just about any stage of a relationship. "She could be 18 years old, she might be 38 years old, but what woman don't want to hear how good she's looking in them blue jeans," O'Donnell told Billboard magazine. "She could be eating sushi at Sushiyobi or in the line at the buffet at Shoney's. Come on."
Shelton noted to Billboard: "It's kind of domestic, and that's pretty much what I am now. There's a lot of elements of that song that are just so true to mine and Miranda [Lambert's] life together. It's about a guy that's just, as long as he's making her happy, then he's happy."

"The only part of the song that I can't quite figure out, and it's actually my favorite part, is I've never actually smelled a watermelon candle," the singer added. "I've smelled pumpkin spice and some Christmas spirit and all kinds of peppermint. I don't know that I've ever smelled a watermelon candle. Maybe I should make them and sell them in my merch."
The song features a unique sound effect created by a wah-wah, a guitar effects pedal that was central to such late '60s and early '70s classics as Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and Isaac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft." For this song the wah-wah was hooked up to a banjo that John Willis originally played during the demo session. "It just had an odd effect," Kirby told Billboard. "You can kind of tell that it's a banjo, but kind of not. And it doesn't sound like an electric guitar. If it had been an electric, it would have had a little disco vibe to it, but it's still country because it was a banjo."
The song's music video finds Shelton attempting to show off his impressive domestic skills, but it all ends in disaster. The clip begins with a phone conversation with Miranda Lambert, offering to make her dinner. The "Automatic" singer was originally asked to star in the visual, but was opening for George Strait the day of the shoot so had to decline.
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