Friday, December 22, 2017

Behind The Songs - Bring It On

Many of the songs that make up Third World Sun’s first CD took a circuitous route to get to where they are today. Indeed most of them even continue to evolve since we recorded them as we continue to play them live. Because of this, I wanted to document how these songs came about before I forget and it all just becomes a blur. - Carhart

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Bring It On (Johnson, Driml, Carhart, Carhart)

When Lori and I were in praise bands and ultimately led worship at our church, it struck us that we were essentially a cover band. There were certain songs that the pastor and/or the congregation wanted to always have on-hand. I had also recently introduced Lori to my favorite band at the time, Delirious?, and had admired the way they could put together a big rally-cry worship anthem. When we stepped down from our roles as worship leaders and started Launch Pad, we decided we were going to write original material. So I tried my hand at one of those big worship anthems. Bring It On was the result. Lori may have contributed a chord or two but it was pretty much all mine and it probably breaks a few rules. Originally written in 2008, the song pre-dates Scott’s involvement in the band, actually and there are some remnants of Ed Che’s contributions still present, none of which was really something that I think constituted a writing credit. Nevertheless, the opening riff, which is just a standard rock and roll riff, was introduced by Ed. When he left, I sorta started mirroring it on the bass and that’s how we ended up with the current arrangement. Also, I remember that sustaining the C chord after the chorus in order to get back in to the verse might have also been Ed’s idea. I do recall that we came up with it together at a rehearsal. I can’t be sure. Whatever the case, I’m very sure it came up in collaboration and not sure we wouldn’t have landed there ourselves. Other than being maybe a tad faster and featuring Scott’s guitar more heavily, the Third World Sun version isn’t a whole lot different from the Launch Pad version. The absence of Lori’s keys and background vocals being the notable exception. One a technical note, when we were laying down the initial drum tracks, we actually combined two takes in order to complete the song. That’s why, you might notice if you really pay attention, the final chorus after the guitar solo is just a tad faster than the rest of the song. We tried to compensate a little with the use of a shaker prior to that point to balance the feeling of it out, which I think mostly succeeded. But it’s still evident if you listen carefully. Eight years later and Bring It On is still a vital part of our set and plays equally well in secular settings.

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