Yellowgold

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In Detail: This Road

"This Road" finished Pro Tools project

Sup. Today I’m writing about the fifth track on the Fever Dreamer album, the song called This Road.

This song dates back to before Control My Gravity. In other words, it was an idea that began well after Ever One, and before I committed to writing a new album.  So when I finally decided to focus my efforts on a new album, it was an early contender which (in my experience) often means that it never actually ends up on the album.

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Often, when I decide that I want to write a new album, I create a note in Evernote with some track ideas to see if I have enough to get started with. The image to the left is the early tracklist for what ended up being Fever Dreamer. The note had a completely different album name. Something Like That is a phrase I say often at the end of recording my ideas into Ever Note. It's a crutch, so it made sense to name the album after it for lack of anything better! Out of that early track list, only two songs made it to the album: Savannah Dream Song (Beautiful Day for Life) and This Road.

Anyway, long story short, This Road began as an idea that I decided to take one step beyond Ever Note. I loaded up Pro Tools in January of 2015 and laid out a very basic groundwork for the sound of the track. It’s MUCH slower than the final cut on the album.

Flash forward two years and Fever Dreamer is already well under way. By this point, I had already established that I wanted a focused and consistent sound with the tracks on the album. As such, I decided to take another stab at This Road with a more fitting, ethereal and effects driven vocal chain. I was really trying to see which direction the song SHOULD go.

I played around with a number of different tempos and over the course of 2-3 advanced attempts, landed on the faster tempo that made it to the album. By this point I figured the majority of the album was a bit drifty and slower moving, so I wanted a track to kind of break it up and move things forward a but more. I knew I wanted this track somewhere in the middle of the album to help lift up the listen so the entirety of the album wasn’t too heavy on all sides.

Its also worth noting that I started work on this track in March of 2017. This Road was the last track that I created for the album. My original intention was to release the Kickstarter for Fever Dreamer in the Summer of 2017, but for a number of reasons (this track VERY MUCH SO included), it got pushed back toward Q4. This Road took a LOT of work to get it to the point where I felt comfortable enough with it to release on the album. I stuck with it, but I almost bailed a few times.

Here's the final product from the album:

Lyrics:

You and I tonight
As restless as the night sky
Dance by fire's light
One chance to get it right
It stings our lips with selfless pride
Persist and multiply
This road
Don't forget we've been here before
This road
Here we go
Never will forget
Those knee high boots when we first met
I got no regrets
This road
Never forget we've been here before
This road
We've been here before
This road
We've been here
This road
Here we go
Always understand
Through it all we'll be best friends
And nothing ever ends
This road
Don't you know we've been here before
This road
We've been here before
This road
We've been here
This road
Don't you know we've been here before
This road
Let it go