Single #17: Time Travel

Time Travel

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#17

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Released: 2007

Words and Music: Chance
©2007 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

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Take off, time to travel in
Luxury mind, there’s no time like the present

I know and you know what to do
I know and you know what to do

Build your fantasy lifestyle in your
Dream house, cause it feels good now don’t it?

It don’t make sense, no it don’t make sense, no
When you hear the words of the halo
so dark they call you like a lamp in a window
The time is now, it’s now, the time is now: go

I know and you know what to do (cause it feels good, now don’t it)
I know and you know what to do (cause it feels good, now don’t it)

It’s no secret your life could be a beach front
Close your eyes and the sun will bake you

It don’t make sense, no it don’t make sense, no
When you hear the words of the halo
And if you hear will the meaning be a no show?
The time is now, it’s now, the time is now, go

I know and you know what to do (cause it feels good, now don’t it)
I know and you know what to do (cause it feels good, now don’t it)

Words & Music by Chance

©2007 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

I would say that, with me, most of the times, a song starts with music.

That is most definitely the case here.

It was the intro riff, with its delay that conjures up so many visual images and moods for me (some for whom I’ve played this have wondered if it’s a guitar; it’s a keyboard).
So, I just went with it.

Hummed a melody and dropped in a vibraphone to keep it in case I forgot it. Thought the vibes sounded so cool I kept them. You can hear it throughout the entire song.

Took me a while to write the lyrics. It was one of those where the initial push of lyrics came out quickly: verse, chorus, verse. But the prechoruses weren’t there yet. So the song sat.

I knew the song had to do something; what, I just didn’t know. And it killed me, you know? I really liked where it was headed, but after that: black. Nothing. zilch. A germ in my vast library of unfinished songs.

And then, after literally 2 years, it hit me. I wasn’t going to take the song to any higher place, sonically. This would be an “in the pocket” song. It’d smolder, it’d simmer, but never boil. When that became the case, the prechorus came out, and I began to bang out the sonics I heard in my head. Drums: all room. Guitars, deep and buried.

” I know, and you know what to do”

Lyrically, the song is intentionally one of those paintings where, if you’d show twenty people, ten would see the old lady, and ten would see the young girl. It just depends on a person’s perspective.

You’ll know what I mean when you hear it.

PS:
Yes, this song has nothing to do with time travel. No science fiction here. The first line says “…time to travel…” and I thought it was a cool place to go, visually.

Recorded & mixed in Pro Tools LE Digi 002 on a Creation Station Pro DAW

Microphones:
All Vocals-Peluso 2247LE

Guitars: Fender ’57 Strat, Steve’s Les Paul through a Mesa Boogie
Mark III
Bass: Bob’s Fender P-Jazz through an Ampeg SVT

Written, performed, recorded & mixed by Chance

Additional performances:
Bass: Bob Vaughan
Guitar Solo: Steve Nicholas
Hihats: Adam Flanders

Cool Geekout Notes

Atmospheric is what I was going for all around. The guitars have almost zero high end. I did this so they’d sit back in the mix, but still fill out the areas where the elctronic stuff didn’t cover. Same went for the bass: it’s slightly distorted but very dark in tone.

Lastly you’ll note the drums sound distant. This was really important for me, because I wanted to stretch the mix not only width and height wise but depth wise too. So, there is a lot of room mic sound and low end thump to the kicks so that I didn’t lose the drums altogether. My idea was that you feel them, but that they weren’t in your face.