Notes to Barz…

As part of a pseudo-creative team, me being the “pseudo” part, our method for “creating” was my sending any and all ideas I had to them (Bert & Barz) in Hollywood/LA to help seed their ideas and inspiration. That meant I sent them scribbled notes, rejected scripts, matchbook covers with bulleted idea points and cocktail napkins with creative thesis’ written on them… that’s in addition to audio and video demo tapes and storyboards. When I sent them a batch, we’d usually get on the phone and talk out what was in the creative care package. Then, we would see if would could make good things happen. Here’s what would have been my handwritten and scribbled notes on a batch of creatives… followed by Barz’s reply; then, an interesting side fact to the “I just haven’t met you yet” story; and finally, a wonderful video by Michael Buble’.

Barz,

Here’s that bit I mentioned during our airport cab ride… complete with doodles. I have a few other bits attached, but I think this is the best one. It’s something that’s been rolling around in me for as long as I can remember. This background story can get long and complicated, so I’ll cut to the chase as often as possible. Actually, let’s put it this way… I had very romantic notions about girls and women before I even probably knew what they were all about, or what their actual effect on me would be.

A long time ago, I drew this out as a “poster” or “sign” in a colorful, hand-drawn, calligraphic style. It was meant to be private… for my eyes only. No way am I a poet, so don’t dare call it a poem. It was just a deep thought I had and this is how it went… “Someday I will meet a very special girl who I will fall head over heels in love with… I will cherish every second I spend with her… And when I’m not with her, I will concentrate on just how wonderful she is.”

Many years after I drew this as a “sign”… a magazine editor friend of mine (Jean) saw it and said, “This is really good. What are you doing with it? Women will love this… you should make something out of it. A book or maybe a short story… a magazine article… you’d be crazy to waste this.”

I never actually had plans for it. It was just a private thought I couldn’t cut loose. And, it was something I kind of hoped for in my life. After hearing Jean’s praise for it, I thought maybe she’s right… it would be a waste to give up on this. So, here’s where I took it…

Initially, I thought of it as a book. Building on it’s sentiment, I saw the heart of it as a conversation… between a guy like me… who was having a sincere, heart-to-heart talk with the girl who he believed was the love of his life. He told her how wonderful their life would be, how amazing they would be together, she was his reason for living and more… the only thing that was keeping all of this “wonderfulness” from happening was… he had never actually met this girl. That was the punchline. If there was a KO in the offing… that’s the line that delivered it. “I just haven’t met you yet.

I think it’s pretty decent. But, I really can’t close the deal. I don’t know where to take this… I’ve got a “mental block” going on with it. I have wasted so much paper on this, and I just can’t get it done. I can’t seem to move an inch on it. So, it’s yours and Bert’s… maybe you guys can find some inspiration in it. I’m stumped. Here are my latest notes on trying to move this along… what you guys always call my goof points. It’s the way I saw what the storyline was… this will be the story of me and the love of my life. But…

I just haven’t met you yet.
I know that together we can be more than amazing…
And, I know your love is gonna change me…
I can see every possibility…
I might have to wait, but I’ll never give up…
I think it’s just timing and the other half’s luck…
I can’t see you yet, but I can feel you now…
So, wherever you are, whenever it’s right…
You’ll come out of nowhere and into my life…
I promise I’ll give much more than I get…
I just haven’t met you yet.

The only thing I have to add is maybe there’s a dramatic ending or a twist… maybe he finally finds her and she turns out to be already married. Or, they meet late in life and she’s much older than him or vice versa. I don’t want to get sappy, but maybe their fateful meeting… as incredible as it is… just isn’t enough… not the great, grand finale. Maybe, there’s one more obstacle or barrier to the happiness. You know, it’s the whole, grand destiny thing… maybe with some shades of “The Bridges of Madison County” going on… I’d like to see a happy ending. I think of it as my story. Maybe it’s a “happy ending” in a kind of unconventional way. I very much see this as MY story. I feel in a way I’ve been living it. OK? Bunny Guy, see if you can make us some $$$.

Also, there are a couple scripts on the humorous side (at least I’d like to think), a story board and just some random notes I’ve made during my solo brainstorming sessions.
Have you heard anything on that motorboat script?
And, you really should give Dian a call. She’s a very, very sweet girl. She wants to distance herself from “The Price is Right”. She’s no diva. She works hard and smart. I guarantee you’ll love her. Her number is XXX-XXX-XXXX, or you can get her through CBS. If you or Bert need to hook up with her, let me know.

Barz’ Reply…
Kid, that little POEM you wrote ain’t bad. Our California girls loved the idea of it. But, it’s NOT a book. Both Bert and I are of the opinion you’re actually writing lyrics to a song… you know… your goof points. Even if we didn’t touch it, what is there now has great rhythm to it. We have songwriters, lyricists and jingle writers we work with as often as we need them. I’m going to float it out to them, and see if we get any bites. Nice work. We just might have a winner. Keep it coming. P.S. Dian’s a real doll. Perfect! Thanks!

The “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet” Big Coincidence.
While we tried very hard over a period that stretched to almost two years… We were never able to do anything with the “I just haven’t met you yet” lines and notes I sent to Bert & Barz. We came close to selling it as music and story for a TV and Radio commercial campaign. But, as often happens, it didn’t pan out. The client who was considering its purchase changed gears, and decided to go another way.

After the back and forth that we labored through on that project, the song, or at least the lyrics went into the “ALMOST” file. All too often, things that go there go forgotten for just about forever.

However, several years later… Michael Buble’s first single hit the charts… “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet“. It went gold and it was a big hit for Michael and we were very, very happy for him.

Very strange coincidences do happen. Sometimes creatives bring out something they truly believe is original, and it’s something they were exposed to months or years before. But, in this case, so much time elapsed between when I wrote my words and lyrics, and when Michael’s record went gold, that I have to think it was just one of those very strange coincidences. Just the same, scroll up or down and take a look at the lyrics that Bert & Barz and I had… then compare them to the last two, full verses in Michael’s rendition. Watch and listen to the YouTube video. What do you think?


“I just haven’t met you yet.”; version #1 sent to Bert & Barz —
I know that together we can be more than amazing…
And, I know your love is gonna change me…
I can see every possibility…
I might have to wait, but I’ll never give up…
I think it’s just timing and the other half’s luck…
(I can’t see you yet, but I can feel you now…)
…wherever you are, whenever it’s right…
You’ll come out of nowhere and into my life…
I promise I’ll give much more than I get…
I just haven’t met you yet.

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