Sometimes in the Nashville songwriting circuit recording artists will hear a song they want to record and ask the songwriter - as a favor - to "hold" the song for them, because they'd like a shot at recording it. The trouble with this practice is that it can take literally years for the recording artist to actually follow through. Meanwhile, the songwriter is unable, through professional courtesy, to pitch that song to any other artists. "It's a real touchy thing with a lot of writers," Randy points out. Small wonder: the writer has no hope of making any money off the song unless and until the recording artist should decide to record it, or pass, at which point the writer can begin pitching it once again.
This song, says Randy, "Took about a year, because it was first held and recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys, and not released. And that's something you get into sometimes, and that's why some songs take a long time. Often times if there's a label change, or just another song that comes along late in the project, your song gets bumped, or they don't like the way it came out, or there's a hundred reasons why songs don't make records. Well, in the meantime, a year's gone by and you haven't played it for anyone because you were holding it for them." However, "A lot of times you go ahead and play it for people – which is what we did – you play it with the caveat that the other artist has first dibs, but 'if you're excited I'll call you as soon as he or she passes on it.' So you still try to work around it, but you have to respect their claim on the song, if you think they may cut it." (Read more in our interview with Randy Sharp