Song by song break down from Vic Rivera
Suckerpunch! - We've been away for a while, pursuing other endeavors and navigating the often slippery slope that is real life, but we've always been in close contact. John approached Jamie at the right time, and we all felt we were ready to reconvene and get this all started again. Thing is, we approached our return REAL quiet-like, agreeing not to go public with our impending comeback until all the pieces were in place...and so it went. This song encapsulates that feeling, that ideal - surprise! Jamie did a killer job with running with the majority of the lyrics on this one, once I sang to him the chorus I had already written. That's what I love about working with him, he's just so good ! Some fun dual solo work from Eddie and I here as well.
The Black and Blue - Fact: human nature isn't always pretty. Too often friendship and loyalty are treated as cheap afterthoughts. Worst part is people who do so don't realize the incredible and lasting damage done to others. This is about being strong, secure and accomplished, in spite of disingenuous people. Accordingly, picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and declaring you are determined to move forward is the gist of the lyrics here. This is dedicated to all those who need to rediscover themselves after such ordeals.
When I Said You'd Be The One - The last song written for this album and one I actually couldn't wrap myself around for a bit - at least until I wrote the chorus. I let Jamie take command of the rest of the song's lyrics and he did a bang-up job of capturing the message, another one saying "I never saw you capable of turning on me like you have but you did - oh well."� John Kivel INSTANTLY fell in love with this and declared it the teaser single for the new album. His instincts proved very sound - the fans ate it up!
Give Me A Sign - It's all over the place: accounts of politicians, teachers, assorted role models, even 'friends'� - talking out of both sides of their mouths, employing double standards, and doing a million other shady things at the expense of other people. So here's is a nice, friendly little ode to those folks expecting blind faith while we get taken for a ride...
What Will You Do - A song about confronting a person so self-righteous about themselves or a particular situation and ideal that it is destroying their relationship with you..posing the hypothetical to your adversary can't guarantee results but every so often, they might pause for a moment to think.
The World We Knew - A bleak yet hopeful testimony to someone you love...when the world is falling down, when all noble deeds and righteous causes aren't making a difference any longer, you're there with them no matter what, and you want them to be there with you as well. Written for the ARFM fundraiser CD put together in 2009, this was one too good not to re-record and include on a proper release. Some great trading of solos between Eddie and I once again on this one.
All About The Money - Some folks are singularly focused on the accumulation of wealth, or on making money off the backs of others. They discard all notion of friendship or decency and shoot themselves in the foot time and time again. It's a miserable, self-perpetuating road to ruin that you can only step back and watch happen (if you care to) when such people eventually have nothing. This is another one where Jamie's talent as an incredible songwriter himself allowed him to build on the chorus I presented to him. All bow down to Stratosphere...
Believe - We've all been there - with a friend, a lover, a family member - when it seems nothing you can do is going to salvage or repair your relationship, yet somehow there still exists deep-rooted traces of the good things that once existed between you, and hope once again promises to find its mark.
Temporis Intermisso - Latin for "a brief pause"�, and very apropos for this instrumental interlude on the album...really let Eddie and myself stretch out a little on this one to show some chops. Well, going toe to toe with the King Kong guitarist that is Eddie Campbell is an exercise in futility, so I decided to play the more melodic foil to his pyrotechnics. This one's for the guitar aficionados in our fan base for sure!
Could Have Been Me - Ever give so much of yourself to someone that you just can't stomach the fact that you shouldered the burden of such a negative soul-sucker in the first place? Yep - I thought so. On rare occasion the offending party MIGHT have a moment of clarity and try to get back into your good graces, but there's nothing more satisfying than being able to say "sorry, too late!"
You - Jamie's undying and intense love for his wife Heather inspired him to write some of the most beautiful and heartfelt lyrics you could ever hope for. I felt Jamie would best be able to come up with something really special for the music I wrote for this song and did he ever make a statement that will stand with our best ballads prior...I'd get a real kick out of it if this was used as someone's wedding song one of these days!