June 26, 2012

"Headed Down To Texas To See The UFO"... National Geographic style...

Whether you believe that little green men are responsible for UFO sightings or not, one thing you have to agree with, is that all over the world, the UFO phenomenon is for real. There is something definitely going on because that many people seeing what seems to be the same types of things can't be a fluke. I personally have never witnessed a "UFO" and I'm not sold on the whole "little green men" thing, but I do believe people are seeing something they can't identify, so the term "Unidentified Flying Object" is a term that I'm OK with.

Back in 2008, the little town of Stephenville, Texas was in a frenzy. UFO's were suddenly being seen everywhere by people from all walks of life. Farmers, ranchers, law enforcement personnel and dozens of other people had witnessed something going on in the Central Texas skies. The sightings caused quite a stir. That prompted National Geographic to make a trip to Stephenville to document what folks had seen and to try and get a better understanding of what exactly was going on. They were so convinced that the locals had in fact seen something that they just announced a new television series documenting the phenomenon called "Chasing the UFO's". 

Danny Bingham, who happens to be a lifelong friend and songwriting buddy of mine from Comanche,Texas  and Carlton, Texas resident Harlan Harpool recently learned "Headed Down To Texas (To See The UFO's)" a song they co-wrote will be featured on the program and will also be available on iTunes through the NatGeo website  channel.nationalgeographic.com.

"It was sort of a fluke," Bingham said, adding that Harpool called him with the idea to write a song about the Stephenville sightings one afternoon shortly after the event. Danny is a musician, owns a studio, lays down his own tracks and plays multiple instruments. "We spent the rest of the evening on the lyrics and had it all written down by about 9 p.m.," Bingham recalled. "By 4 a.m. I had all of the guitars, drums and bass tracks laid." The following day the duo paired up again to work on the vocals. "We laid down alien voices with some cool effects and then I laid the final vocal track," Bingham said.

To keep the song true to the events, he said the duo turned to media reports. "We had newspaper clippings from when the story broke in the Empire-Tribune," Bingham said. "We also went on YouTube to see what other UFO songs were out there. All we could find was silly stuff with synthesizers and spooky monster mash, take me to your leader sort of stuff."

What started as a little bit of fun between two friends now has Bingham's head spinning.
"This song is not only going to get national attention, it's going global. It's a very humbling experience," he said. "It's crazy when you think about the attention the area received back in 2008. The show is bringing it all back to us again. 

"Harlan and I were just having a little bit of fun and thought it probably wouldn't go anywhere. But you know people are crazy about anything and everything about Texas and I feel like we've really got something." While it was just fun between friends, Bingham said he recognizes that there really is something to the UFO phenomenon. "There's a mystery, something beyond what we see," he said. "It's like when you're a kid and thinking about Santa Claus - you want to believe, even if it is just for fun."

I'm including a link to the entire story since I'm only paraphrasing for bloggers sake. You can read the entire story in the Stephenville Empire Tribune at the link below.

Chasing UFO's premieres Friday June 29 at 8 pm Central 9 pm Eastern on The National Geographic Channel.

"I may not get much done, but I sure am slow"...