Hope springs eternal! I wrote the chorus and half of the first verse in a hotel while traveling to play a friend's wedding in the Outer Banks. What a box of wine and a large pizza can't inspire!
The song was inspired by tales from the road - To protect the innocent, I can go no further. I CAN go further to say that of all the songs I have ever written in my life, THIS one has taken the longest to complete. I came into the studio with some lines unfinished - The horror!
Mike, Zack, and Bill were on hand for this one. The magic didn't happen right away with this recording. Out of the gate, we were tripped up trying to get the right groove going. Rich famously said, "This will either be the best song on the record, or it won't go on the record at all." With his guidance, we broke the drum parts down to their most simple patterns, and built the track from the ground up. Never at a loss for ideas, Mike soon had us snapping, clapping, and stomping on cases. If for nothing else, this was fun for fun's sake!
Zack enjoyed cranking the bass amp in the live room. (That sounds like a Kindergarten Teacher's report - "Jimmy enjoyed playing with the blocks today...")
My guitar solo was a particular challenge, so I asked Zack at one point to help me by operating the pedal bender while I put the finger to fret. Remember, there is no "i" in "Team!"
Bill, ever patient, filled in what sonic space we could leave him with the tastiest keyboard morsels you ever heard!
We left, not knowing what Rich was going to be able to do with the proverbial shit on the wall, but we were floored with his wizardry. I bet you will be too!