This morning was absolutely beautiful. A golden glow had my room light up in absolute splendor. Around 7am, my head peaked around the blinds to catch a glimpse of an inspiring sun rise. The clouds were perfectly orange, blue, and purple with a pattern resembling rows of freshly planted crops.
I am almost out of these postings. This will make the 7th song, which means there are only 3 more songs left to post on my second record, “When on High.”
"Chasing Footsteps in The Sand," may actually be my favorite song on the record. I have songs I like more than others, but this one really does it for me. I think this song is a real treat to listen to.
This song is a really great representation of unexpected change, trying something new, and not being afraid to go for it. Chasing Footsteps in The Sand was a song that Stephen Case Foster and I were working on quite a few years back. We began writing the song, but never finished it. The only thing we really had was the setting and the current title. I wanted to finish the song with Stephen and have his voice featured on all of the verses, but it just never happened. The time crunch proved to be too much, so I had to finish the writing on my half.
The song was planned to have Spanish guitar, me playing drums, and Stephen singing with me, but out of all the planning, none of that came true. It was a song that represented using what we had and absolutely going for it.
The bass line is my favorite part of the song. I brought the song home and worked out the part. I remember smiling, feeling the bass line move the song, rhythmically and melodically. It was just the perfect touch. Another highlight of this song is the Cabasa and tambourine. Matt Tanner is the tambourine man, Tanner. He knows how to work the shit out of the tambourine. The added percussion elements really make a lot of a difference. It’s crazy how that works out sometimes.
Just like every song on the record, the key ingredient was emotion. Did I or did I not feel what I was playing. If I had no conviction, how will there be conviction on the recording. Matt and I paid such beautiful attention to the genuine elements that layered each song. Chasing Footsteps required a lot of feeling. It needed to be strong, yet dynamic, explode and chill out. I think we accomplished that.
Grant Stringham produced this one into a sort of lo-fi sound. I really love what Grant did with the bass and drums. I remember getting this mix back and just being blown away. I love Grant and Matt so much. I thank them endlessly for all of their work on the record.
Lots of Love,