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The track America started with a chess game between Mitchell and Jarred in the game room. They laughed about the irony of “America the Beautiful” in the midst of a poorly handled Covid outbreak, and the song quickly took shape thereafter. "America" speaks to the irony of what America claims to be, as opposed to what it truly is.
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Playthrough of first section
Figuring out the outro
Yeah a Little Faster
Pre Rehearse B Section
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Melody Brainstorm
What If it started with Bass?
Scooby Doo Intro
Take 8
America Rhyming
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Do the whole thing Standing
Pick it Up
B Section Chords
Melody Brainstorm 2
Train at Night
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"Just pure excitement. It was so difficult not to prematurely flesh out ideas and keep my mind off the project (musically) before it started."
- Jarred
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"Given that we dared to do this in the middle of a Worldwide pandemic, which has pronounced the wide levels of inequality between health, race, class and the environment, I really wanted to take a breather from being cooped up at home and the news,  and go put my feelings in music with others."
- Michael
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"Working on this song the first full day of the trip really got me thinking about how America affects me - waiting on a Courtney, a lyric from 'Purpose', was directly inspired by the United States Postal Service."
- Michael
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"I’ll never forget some of the “aha!” moments we had."
- Jarred
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"It was so cool to get to see everyone’s musicianship meld together and see what everyone’s secret tricks were!"
- Michael
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"One can hear and feel how each musical work was a conglomerate of poignant and intentional efforts and thoughts, brought to the table by a hugely varied supplement of creative minds."
- Victor
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"I think we were all very preoccupied with what the world was going through being COVID-19, a civil rights movement, climate change and environmental pollution, a difficult political climate and much more."
- Marie
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"‘America’ is a really interesting twist on the already existing song ‘America the Beautiful’." 
- Marie
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"I played the banjo for the first time!"
- Jarred
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"I don’t hate my country, but I’m not proud of it either."
- Mitch
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"I was extremely excited because it had been awhile since my last Isolation. Fever was also highly anticipated, but we weren’t in the midst of an actual 'societal' Isolation."
- Marie
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"I think as far as the actual product that we put forth, it sounds a lot less produced than the other Hummingbird Isolations."
- Mitch
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"Jarred and I had been working together a few months before the trip and were already good friends but 'America' was the first time we wrote together. I think it went pretty well."
- Mitch
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