Sometimes all you get is a fragment – a small glimpse of what your great new song could be. Maybe you get a melody or two; maybe a couple lines you think you could do something with. If you have a little luck going, you get both.
I’ve learned to try to capture these little bursts of inspiration when they happen, because you might not remember that riff the next time you pick up the guitar. And even when you jot down some lyrics, you can’t always get back the vocal melody that made you think you had something in the first place.
That’s how it started with “We’re Gone”: I only had a few short seconds of song at first, but it felt good. I knew right away that I wanted to flush out these ideas and have it on our sophomore album, Right Now.
By August of 2011, I was close to having the full fledged song, but back in January of 2011, this demo fragment was all I had to go on:
Rough around the edges, but there’s something cool about it, right?
Flash forward to February 2012, and I’m in the studio with drummer Dan Pavlovich and producer Vincent Ratti recording “We’re Gone” for real, as part of the Right Now sessions. With additional help from guitarist Kevin Brown, and guest vocalists Alison Cloud and Shawn Gamble, we had our song. I hope you enjoy the finished “We’re Gone”!