Trevor's having a heart-to-heart with Boston Mike. Oh, I'm sorry. It's some guy from LFO named Rich Cronin. Where else do we know the name Cronin? Wait. Have we met this guy before? Did LFO write that shitty "Chinese food makes me sick" song? I hate everything. Trevor gets the following advice from Rich: "You're uncomfortable with it 'cause it's new to you, you know? Like, but, but, dude, you don't understand. You have it in you -- you know what I mean? You're like a musical person." Trevor: "I think I come up with really good concepts for songs? It's writing it down to make it sound hip enough and cool enough and putting it with a melody." Oh, is that all? It's just the writing of the words and the music that's keeping you from songwriting? You'll be fine, Trev. Rich tells Trevor to write from his heart, no matter how corny it sounds. Trevor knows he'll regret it if he shies away from this and everybody else is performing songs for Clive. "Don't be inhibited, ever," Rich says. "Do it." Trevor responds: "Cool."
Trevor's struggling with his guitar, and I think his bandana reads "Drunk Girls Rule." Trevor says he knows he has to dig deep and write from his heart, but he's not sure how to do that. We leave Trevor struggling with a pen in his mouth as we go to commercial.
We pick back up with Trevor struggling, but now Jacob's asking to hear Trevor's song. Trevor doesn't want to sing it. Jacob says there's no point in Trevor writing songs if nobody gets to hear them. Trevor says he's not ready for anybody to hear it yet, but Jacob's not taking no for an answer. "I know you're not working on lullabies in here. You're working on something," Jacob says. What does that mean? Trevor looks so upset as he explains his song. It's about a guy who's been in love with a girl forever, and since Trev's only twenty-one or whatever, his concept is "forever" means they've been together since they were "eight or nine years old." I love that, by the way. And now the guy's at the ripe old age of twenty-four and is ready to settle down and get married, so he's asking this girl if she's ready. Because at twenty-four, that's fucking old, right, Trev? So Trevor starts singing this song he's written and I swear to God that LFO guy is going to storm in and steal it and take it back to his band. It's not bad. It's not O-Town, and probably if it goes to O-Town Trevor won't be the one singing it, but it doesn't suck. Jacob says he's shocked and didn't expect this to come from Trevor at all. I must agree. "You mean, the concept?" Trevor asks. "Yeah, the fact that you even have a concept," Jacob says. Hee. Jacob says that when most people first start writing songs, it's just a bunch of recycled bullshit and recycled lyrics. Trevor says he didn't write about himself. Jacob says he knows that. Jacob smacks Trevor's knee and says, "If you need some help writing lyrics, it's pretty much mine." At first I thought he meant he was claiming "lyrics" as his department, but I realize he's saying that Trevor's writing about his life and so he'd be willing to help if Trevor needs to understand that kind of guy. Trevor tells us that if he's going to have a career as an artist, he needs to get over his fear, so that's what he's planning to do. Yay, Trevor. After Jacob leaves, Trevor falls to the floor in a release of tension. So much releasing! Get Erik to help you, Trev.