The Broken Poem oem
a songwriter profile by Dr. T. Roberts
“Got it Good”
“Got It Good” Music and Lyrics © 2008 Steve Reeths and Sue Kittredge
oconut Radio’s music takes you to a beautiful spot on the beach where you can relax, think and ponder the joys of simple living. I discovered this acoustic duo playing in a thatched hut at a restaurant located on the coast of Florida. I was immediately drawn in by the different musical textures they created, and their honest, memorable melodies that I couldn’t get out of my head on the way home… specifically the song “Got It Good”. Meet Steve Reeths and Sue Kittredge of Coconut Radio and enjoy the vibe. The Broken Poem – “When did Coconut Radio start writing together?” Steve Reeths – “I have always written since I started playing music professionally many years ago. But for me it was always like pulling teeth. It was a very frustrating and typically unproductive process. A lot of writers can be more complex in their lyrical approach; I guess they paint with a different brush than I do. For awhile I kind of went into hibernation on writing. Then I had a break through in early 2007 when I started writing and collaborating with
my partner in Coconut Radio, Sue. Keeping it simple is important. I quickly discarded my self-edited and over-thought style for a deeper and more connected approach to the emotion in the song.” The Broken Poem - What was the genesis of the song “Got It Good”? Steve – “At that point in my life I was not real excited about what was going on with my career. We were on a road trip and I felt like I was sitting in a car going nowhere fast. I happened to be reading a book about grace. And how grace is not necessarily earned, but given as a gift. Then I started thinking about all “the bad things” that never happened to me… but easily could have.” Sue – “We had recently moved to the beach and were really starting to appreciate and enjoy life. We were also growing together and becoming comfortable with our writing style and musical sound. This song just felt good and came together in a very open and honest fashion. And most importantly, it immediately connected on an emotional level with the people we played it for.”
should be grateful/For all the bad things that never happened to me/Instead of angry for all the things that did/And if I/Took the time/To notice all the grace that came my way/Well, that would be amazing. It wasn’t easy/Looking myself in the eye/I’m done asking why. I’ve got it good, got it good/ Don’t you know I’ve got it good/I’ve got it good, got it so good/Don’t you know I’ve got it good. And when it’s cold outside/All i really need is your smile/Cause you warm up the room/Now don’t you baby/ And when I’ve got the blues/I can count on you/To put me on my knees/And bring me back to my feet. It wasn’t easy/Looking myself in the eye/I’m done asking why. I’ve got it good, got it good/ Don’t you know I’ve got it good/I’ve got it good, got it so good/Don’t you know I’ve got it good. It wasn’t easy/Looking myself in the eye/I’m done asking why. I’ve got it good, got it good/ Don’t you know I’ve got it good/I’ve got it good, got it so good/Don’t you know I’ve got it good. Don’t you know I’ve got it good/Oh yeah...