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Someone once told me that the last 10% of any project is the portion that keeps most people from accomplishing that which they’ve set out to accomplish. That statement rings true with just about everything that I do musically. When I start a song, I am almost always able to record the main idea or hook of the song in an hour or two. As the song starts to develop around that main hook, the process slows down as I flesh out the details: the exact guitar sound, the perfect background synth, the most appropriate drum fill. These details are important and often give the song the atmosphere or a little something extra, but the meat of the song is in that initial idea. Everything else is simply gravy. These days, I’ve learned to catch myself when I’ve spent too long turning a knob an imperceptible amount, recording, listening, erasing, turning the knob another imperceptible amount, eating a sandwich, recording again, listening again, etc. This has helped immensely with me being able to complete projects before I’ve lost perspective. Chasing Sunsets is a great example. It has a number of garnish elements in the mix, but I didn’t let those additions take me too far from the initial idea and was able to finish the song in just a few sessions.
The concept for Chasing Sunsets came to me when I was touring Alaska in September with Rose. Alaska was the last of the fifty states I needed to visit. Naturally, I invite you to take a look at my Alaska photography from the trip. Because of the other projects I was working on at the time, I wasn’t able to start the tracking process until December and finished it up in February. I wrote and recorded the initial hook in one day. The rest of the song unfolded slowly over the following weeks. Writing Chasing Sunsets was especially tricky because as I was writing the song, I was simultaneously working on a short film comprised of footage I shot while in Alaska. I will be posting a link to the video next week. It’s a tricky thing trying to write a song to fit to footage that hasn’t been edited yet. I would essentially work on the song a bit, move to the video, return to the song, eat a sandwich, back to the video, etc. At six minutes, Chasing Sunsets is the longest song I’ve ever written and though I was wary of the length at first, I’m satisfied that it moves from section to section nicely and felt that shortening the song too much might strip away some of the character. Enjoy the song and as always, please feel free to leave your comments below. Thanks!
UPDATE: I’ve just written a post that features my video Alaska in Fourteen Days. I filmed and edited this video and cut the final version to my song Chasing Sunsets.