Spaceship Days

Spaceship Days

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Particulars of Inspiration: "Shadow Walking"

 Every now and then, you just get lucky.

  The luck might come in the shape of a $20 bill you find in the back pocket of those jeans at the bottom of the laundry basket. It could be finding a code for unlimited ammo scribbled down on the inside of your brand new but previously owned video game, or that crack in the sidewalk that sends you stumbling into your as yet undiscovered soul-mate.  For some, the luck is even a life altering Lottery ticket.

  Spaceship Days, got lucky with a song.

 It was early evening at the HQ, and Matt and I were working on some new music while waiting for Greg to arrive at his customary twenty two minutes late. The tune was a melodramatic little ditty, and as songs are often wont to do, it just wasn't coming together the way we wanted.  Getting restless, we decided to take a break.  For me that meant food.  For Matt that meant more guitar playing.

  Suddenly, from the kitchen I heard Matt strumming some chords, and 'doot-doo-ing' at the top of his lungs. I dropped the ham, cheese, and single slice of bread I'd been puzzling over how to turn into a sandwich and ran back into the living room.

  Matt was laughing, but I thought what he'd just done was an all together different sort of funny.

 "Play that again!" I said strapping on the bass.

  "Seriously?" Matt asked, dubious.

  We'd been talking about 'bop bops' and 'na nas' and 'la las' and 'woo woos' in music earlier that day, so I knew he was just goofing around, but every now and then...well, you know.

  "Yeah," I said. "Seriously."

  It didn't take much convincing, or many more chords, and by the time Greg arrived a few minutes later, we had a new new song to work on.

"Shadow Walking"

 Shadow Walking is a song about how people sometimes won't see what's right in front of them. Its about bearing the weight of your troubles on nothing but a stiff upper lip, with wide eyes that watch the world go by. This song is for everyone who has ever felt alone in the crowd.

 We hope it reminds some that they don't have to.


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