Our Tuesdays Feel Like Fridays
Our single "Tuesdays" was written mostly about the Open Jam we host every other Tuesday at the Legendary Dobbs in South Philadelphia. For us, the open jam session is the funnest part of our week, and it doesn't matter if it's only Tuesday....we still party like its a Friday.
The secondary inspiration for the song draws from past experiences. The line about being in a movie was taken from actually being in a movie. The song from our first album "High Up" was featured in the movie "Living Will" starring Ryan Dunn from Jackass. We actually had some facetime too.
So the song basically says everyday is a good day to party because we all only live one life....so why not let it be one big party.
"The Universal Dance" is a song that was lyrically inspired by the song "Strange Overtones" by David Byrne & Brian Eno. In "Strange Overtones", the narrator sings about a person he hears writing music in the next door apartment and how that person is trying to put together a song. The narrator basically knows that eventually the song will come together and all the pieces will fall into place.
I thought, what a neat storyline. "The Universal Dance" plays along the same lines. There is a person living in an apartment and the female neighbor above is a dancer who is trying to figure out a dance routine. Our narrator is a retired dance instructor who has not danced in years but knows that he can help the struggling neighbor with this very difficult dance number. Throughout the song he works with her and helps her develop the routine until it's ready to be performed on stage and this is very gratifying for him.
The title of the song comes from a friend of mine, Ross Podgornik, who coined the term. I have this ridiculous, flamboyant dance move that I'm known to bust out from time to time and when we were in college Ross started calling it The Universal Dance. Eventually I realized it was the perfect title for this song.
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The stories behind some of the songs from our recent album Deep End Of Down:
Disillusion - The opening track was written about the moment of realization that the end of a relationship may be inevitable no matter how much you wish you could fix it. Maybe it is giving up or maybe it is finally seeing the truth. Either way, it becomes a fight just to keep the sour taste out of your life.
The song Gold Dust came about when I was going through a lot of life transitions. It's about the delicate line of waiting and pressing through for something to become what you want it to be, or realizing that it's not meant to be and that you should let it go. It has a two way meaning for me of a relationship that was crumbling apart, as well as a reality check of my aspirations. The song is about the fragility and beauty of wanting something to work out, but the looming possibility that it won't happen. Thus the chorus lyric "Were we building just to watch it fall?" The last line of the song is "There used to be Gold Dust coming out of your mouth..."
Here we go again, thinking this ride will never end
waiting on forever takes a long time
i would rather say goodbye
Yellow paint is slowly peeling off the walls
soon this old house will crumble and fall
three stories high with nothing to show
all the potential of an ashes glow
When it's all said and done
did we really say anything at all
were we building just to watch it fall?
Left that chair in the corner of my mind
there sits all of my hopes and dreams combined
and I tell them one day soon they can leave
until then the dust keeps gathering
There used to be gold dust coming out of your mouth...
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My song "Reach For The High" is autobiographical. When I was in high school,last year, people were criticizing everything I did, as many were jealous ofmy music career. I know this because before I came out with a CD and music video people did not make fun of me much. When I was 16, I released my first CD, 'Rhythms of Life." There was a large launch party, attended by over 2,000 people at a major club in South Florida. The event was covered by the press, both in print and on TV.
As a result, after I started generating a lot of attention, the whole school knew who I was and many of the students did not support my career. They would make fun of my songs and make fun of me as a performer. I would go home many days and feel really bad about myself. Oddly enough,i found out that the very people that were criticizing me and making me feel bad were following me on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and secretly knew where I had been performing. But, they would never compliment me or publicly support me. So, as a comeback to all of the offensive remarks, I decided to write a song to all of the people who tried to bring me down.
I realized when I was writing the song that this theme is bigger than I am; it is universal. I know so many people have experienced something just like I did and could relate. I wanted to write a song that would empower everyone to never give up and believe in themselves. So I wrote, "Reach For The High." I structured the lyrics in a way where the verses explain what people said to me in an attempt to pull me down. For example, the song begins with "Give up before you fail. Stop trying, and dream on, they say!" and in the second verse I wrote the things that my "friends" would do such as "They kiss you, hug you when they see you and they tell you 'You're great!'. Then they turn around and whisper to their friends. They're so fake." People would pretend to be nice to me when they were with me, but I would later find out that they would talk about me behind my back and make fun of me. I then structured the hook to be inspirational to people who have ever felt bullied, criticized, or judged and wrote, "Reach for the high. The power's inside. There's nothing you can't do if you believe."
I wrote these words because after my experiences, I realized that it really does not matter what other people say as long as you believe in yourself, work hard to reach your goals, and keep your head up high. I debuted "Reach For The High" at the Annual "Inspire Greatness" Gala for the Special Olympics in Miami and felt it was a great song to instill in the young athletes that they can overcome their obstacles if they believe in themselves and to not let others bring them down. I can't wait for the day when I prove to all of the people who didn't believe in me that I can achieve my dreams and I hope "Reach For The High" empowers all of the Special Olympics athletes I sang for, and many other people to feel the same way.
This song was inspired by watching a documentary about Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. Although I remember the times when this was happening, watching the documentary made me relive all this. It reminded me of the conflicts and the ignorance, but also of the hatred that some people felt towards the people fighting for their rights. At first, watching dogs attacking people, reading about church bombings, and watching guys beat up old men and women I felt great anger and had some nasty thoughts myself. Then I heard Dr. King speak about the dream he had for our future, for the future of his children and all children, a future where people would be working together.
Somehow this started me thinking about family and how all these people that were full of hate and prejudice, all these people that were acting so cruelly also had their own children, wives, mothers, family. From then I started thinking about what I thought Dr. King envisioned, the fact that ultimately we’re in this together: like it or not, we were going to have to learn to respect each other so we could have a just society. And if we are all humans, then we are all “Just One”. As I started thinking about the song, I extended the idea to include anyone whose suffering or misfortune might be ignored. That’s how the song was born.
Our song Save Our Love, from our debut album "Take Flight", is the motto of our band. From the title someone instantly assumes this is about a relationship or a love song. True but not true. This is a metaphor for what this band loves more than anything else, our band and music.
This song tells the story of the struggles a band faces and that nothing will hold us back from pursuing our dreams; together. The opening line states "Time, was never on our side when it came to this life but in time we came to realize all the signs that have been right in front of us this whole time" - this is about the length of time and commitment it takes to make a name for your band and former band members that had addiction problems that almost caused this band to fail.
I wrote "Road Rising" about the feeling of restlessness I had for most of high school, which I attended in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I used to make trips down to Charleston pretty often by myself to visit friends, and driving alone was (and to some degree still is) the only thing that made me feel like I was going anywhere. I learned how to sing the way I do now on those trips too; I sang along at an ear-blistering volume with Jeff Buckley, Soundgarden, Nirvana, No Doubt, whoever was on the CD player at the time. Before that, I had only sung in church choirs or chorus in high school, both of which aren't the greatest places to develop a rock style of singing.
I was raised in a conservative Christian home and never rebelled much against my parents until after high school, so I generally experienced a lot of pent-up anger and anxiety regarding the rules I had to follow but didn't understand or agree with. I knew I wanted more out of my life than what I saw around me in the suburban South; I wanted to somehow transcend mediocrity and do something great but wasn't sure how to get there. Driving the 1.5 hours from Myrtle to Charleston always gave me a sense of going somewhere and doing something and, for some reason, assured me that I would one day break out of the backwardness and stagnancy of where I grew up to find my own way.
Although I did one day figure out what it was I wanted from life, I went through many years of doing what I thought I "should" do rather than what I wanted to do. I put so many of my dreams on hold for other people and for some sort of ideal that never really delivered. I hit a breaking point in 2009 and decided to pursue what has always made me happiest in my life: music. "Road Rising" was written then and encapsulates the feeling I had both in high school and later on of wanting more out of life and pouring all of myself into my vision so I could finally get where I wanted to be.
It's Your Fault, is the first track on my debut EP release. This song explains my thoughts on beautiful women in the world and how men get caught up with them. Every song that I write includes a story that I was once involved in that leads to the outcome of the overall situation. In today's society beautiful women are everywhere, literally. As I said earlier, each song does involve some of my own instances, while others are fiction, but that’s not to say that a situation has happened to someone else.
It’s Your Fault, talks about a man, a hard working man, who comes home one day only to find that his woman is no longer there to greet him as he walks in the door, from a long day of work. Now, the man is a hard worker, but he also has some infidelity issues. Basically the “main” girl that he was with, gets fed up, and decides that it’s OFFICIALLY over. Now the man realizes that he had something good, as a matter of fact he had something really good, but he doesn’t realize that until she is gone. Deep down inside, the man knew that she would probably leave, but in the instance she stays gone.
Low Flying Planes' song, "Pea Soup" was one that we just recorded in the studio and it's all about how the band has come together over the years. The song talks about our lead singer, Devin (he wrote most of the song) and how all that he needs "is to live by the h.." He talks about how he listens to the radio, and plays Nintendo but the only way that he'll ever really understand the world is if he can play music. So, the chorus explodes with "What I need, what i need are the answers to come to me; this is what I want and who I want to be. Because it builds me up, starts it over and over again" His soul is 100% into the song at this point, This song is truly about what it means to be a musician. It has everything to do with being willing to go through whatever it takes. And it has nothing to do with giving up.
It sounds cheesy, but this song is really a crowd favorite. Finally, after a heart-wrenching solo by Fitch (our lead guitarist), Jenna (female vocals) jumps into a key change and brings it up to a B Major with an even more powerful chorus. The song ends with a run that is so awesome it feels like it was not performed by anything less than a full blown recording studio (Jenna has that effect on people!) AND IT'S OVER! The song ends, we end the set with it too. We want to remind people how much we appreciate them coming to see us perform and that we want to do it for the rest of our lives. Music, even though it's nice to get fans and tours, would be absolutely nothing without the passion, and that's what "Pea Soup" is all about (PS Just like music, Pea Soup only tastes good if it has a lot of love in it, that's why this song has it's name!)
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Most of our songs are made up narratives about things we think are interesting/funny/amusing. Most of our music is pretty light hearted and fun. But, one of the songs from our new album is actually based in real experience. (It's sort of the closest thing we've ever done to a battle rap).
The song is titled Suntan Charlie vs The Hurricane and its loosely based on the interaction that our lead singer, Ostrich, had with the former governor of Florida Charlie Crist. A little while before they met Charlie Crist had gone around the state of Florida claiming that Florida had not been hit by hurricane while he was governor because he wrote prayer letters and stuck them in a wall in Jerusalem. Ostrich did not think that this was a very good policy for dealing with hurricanes in a state that has seen pretty heavy hurricane damage over the years (in fact he lost a job in the Florida Keys due to damage caused by Hurricane Wilma). So, when he happened to run into Charlie Crist, who was campaigning for senator, at the time Ostrich asked him about it. During their brief conversation on of Crist's aids put a campaign sticker on Ostrich's chest, which Crist ripped off upon finding out that Ostrich was non-religious.
The song "Colonie" was written when I was 19 years old. My family had moved away from my childhood home town, and went to the town of "Colonie". I was so upset about leaving behind my friends and all the things and memories I loved so much that it drove me to write. The song morphed into this song with multiple meanings. First, the song is about the actual leaving behind my childhood and growing up in this town called Colonie.
The Colonie is the song can also be like a colony itself. The song talks about not wanting to be stuck in a colony also. The colony can be a group of people that always bring you down and make you feel terrible and by leaving behind that colony, makes you happier in the process. It also can be placed in terms of a relationship where you don't want to be stuck with someone because they are a negative thing in your life. The song really allows the listener to take their own interpretation, but it all stems from leaving behind a childhoood and not wanting to be surrounded by people or a place that feel wrong to you.
Life has a way of racing past one's own consciousness without leaving any trace or connection between what has happened, and the current moment. The individual is left with the unsettling feeling of not remembering a portion of the journey; such as the feeling one gets on a long drive alone when there is suddenly an awareness of location, but no recollection of even thinking about driving for ten or fifteen minutes. What just happened? How could my thoughts drift so freely? How did I stay on the road?
This phenomenon came into play when I wrote the song 'No Radio' by The HickoryTown Ruckus. I had taken a part-time job outside of the city to help get through school and I could barely afford a $400. Dodge Shadow to get back and forth to work. The car ran fine but only had the essentials. Life had become very busy for me and there was always some force managing the capacity of my thoughts; school, work, or the cares of this life. When the radio gave out in that old rusty Shadow, the silence was redemptive. In a moment I was given clarity and transported to my earlier years. Back then I used to drive around just for the sake of driving. I had no agenda for the night or my life, just a road. Now, the green Shadow became a refuge, and every weekend when I drove to work, the rides gave me a necessary time of reflection and prayer. All of the worries and burdens I had assumed as a 'responsible adult' took a back seat. Many of the lyrics for this song came one night as I was driving home and instead of taking a left turn towards my house I went straight and drove through the city in no particular direction.
For me this song is about the beauty of loneliness, the energy that is released by spontaneous living, understanding that who I am is is purer than the limits my thought processes place on my soul. It is about rejecting the conformity that you have submitted to by finding moments of freedom, staying true to the ideals that made you who you are. For me the song is adventurous, uncontrolled, mysterious; it celebrates a faith that once burned so strongly that even as the flame dwindles, the mere memory of it is enough to rekindle thoughts of truth, revolution and life changing experiences. When its just me alone in the car and there's no radio, there is a catalyst for finding "another moment I can't repeat."
In the fall of 2004, I was back home in New Hampshire, getting ready to return for a second year of grad school, and head over heels in love with Cecile, a French exchange student that I'd met the previous year.
The only problem was that Cecile was back in France and I was stuck in New Hampshire, with a grueling year of research and writing ahead of me. The future was uncertain. I had no plans for after I graduated. Should I go back to Philly and get the band back together, and struggle to pay the rent? Or should I keep heading down the boring but comfortable path that academia seemed to be offering?
The song "Cool Blue Fire" came from conversations I have had with people who are facing the end of life.
We spend so much time building walls that are designed to keep others away from our vulnerability. But when the end comes it is impossible to maintain the illusion of strength. How a person responds to this event is determined by how much they can let go and trust others to help them through their fear of dying. I have sat beside 3 people who are going through this event, and it always gives me a renewed perspective on living. Mostly they feel that "lifetimes are catching up" with them. They suddenly realize how much they need to give and receive all the love they held back through their lives. Everything else falls away and they call out to their loved ones for comfort, and to let them know how much they are needed.This process is both heart-breaking and inspiring, and I'll never forget it.
"Read my feelings, wrong the rights, distant dealings, fear into fright, I want you, you want me, let's make this happen, drift into the sea" is the opening line to my song DIVE IN DESTINY.
I tend to write from the side of contradiction in that we can't possibly control our destiny but we sure try to. The chorus says "and I won't let destiny get the best of me, destiny ain't got nothing on me, destiny can take the rest of me"
The song "Best Friends" is the title track off of our debut record, which we released this past August. I personally really like the placement of the song, since it comes right after the song "glow brighter", which in contrast is much more lamenting and dramatic. "Best Friends" started as a joke between myself (Sean), the guitarrist (Mike) and my roomate at the time Aldean. I heard Mike playing the chord progression that would ultimately become the song, and the words just came out of me. Lyrics are certainly the hardest part of the writing process for me, and as a result many of my lyrics do have an abstract, "come up with your own premise" type of aura. However, "Best Friends" is one song that everyone can grab the same meaning out of, and needless to say it has been a real hit on the record as well as on our live gigs.
When Mike and I finally showed the song to Paulie (Keyboards) and Sam (Drums), the song pretty much completed its self in one rehearsal. All of a sudden, we had this jazz-meets-randy newman type of song that we knew had potential to really grab people. I find that the song has a very abrupt, yet relieving impact when we play it live, especially because we often surround it with material that sounds NOTHING like that song. The contrast of our live set really comes full circle when we play it.
When the record "Best Friends" reached its labor stages, it was obvious that the record should be named after this song, particularly because the record literally could not have been done without some of our best friends. We are so thankful to all of the people who made the record possible (our engineer did ALL of the work for free, artwork was done by our close friends, friends always coming in and out of the studio as we pulled all nighters), that we even asked many of our friends to contribute to the shout chorus at the end of the song, so that they could help contribute to the love we felt towards them, and to the friendships that surround us everyday.
The song "Crystal Fire" off of the album "Vaca Money" released on 9/30/11 was written by Adam Brown of Mosey West. The song was written in April 2011. After a rough night at the bars, Adam woke up to the smell of smoke in his home. The smell of fire was actually coming from the Crystal fire, a wildfire in the foothills west of Fort Collins. Adam stared out the window at the smoke as his head pounded from the night before. Snow fell lightly on the ground and Adam picked up his acoustic guitar and wrote the song about his experiences over the past few days.
We were a little surprised as producer, Adam Levy chose "Flower Girl" to be the first single released off of the record.
While the song was danceable and seemingly lighthearted, the content and inspiration behind the tune felt like the opposite of celebration.
"Flower Girl" is the first and only political song I've ever written. It's not party driven or even one-sided. It's more or less a look at the United States from an outside perspective, all laid out in the spirit of "American Woman" by The Guess Who.