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GAME ROOM | AMERICA
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.
Playthrough of first section
Figuring out the outro
Yeah a Little Faster
Pre Rehearse B Section
What If it started with Bass?
Scooby Doo Intro
Do the whole thing Standing
Pick it Up
B Section Chords
Melody Brainstorm 2
Train at Night
"Just pure excitement. It was so difficult not to prematurely flesh out ideas and keep my mind off the project (musically) before it started."
"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."
"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."
"I’ll never forget some of the “aha!” moments we had."
"It was so cool to get to see everyone’s musicianship meld together and see what everyone’s secret tricks were!"
"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."
"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."
"‘America’ is a really interesting twist on the already existing song ‘America the Beautiful’."
"I played the banjo for the first time!"
"I don’t hate my country, but I’m not proud of it either."
"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."
"I think as far as the actual product that we put forth, it sounds a lot less produced than the other Hummingbird Isolations."
"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."
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