Clint

Shades of Blue was one of the more surprising outcomes for me on this record. I thought the song was really good going in, but I hadn’t envisioned the “extras” and “layers” that were weaved into it. Jay brought this one to the band voting table and I’m sure he’d already envisioned the song’s completion since that’s just the kind of musical mind he has. Some of the layering was discovered on the fly during recording and a lot of experimentation was conducted. Some things worked and some didn’t. - Clint

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Marty

I believe Shades of Blue has more moving parts than any of the other songs on this album, by far (about 48 tracks).  - Marty

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Jay

I wrote Shades of Blue in 2015, and we played it live a few times back then. It went over really well, we had a lot of people come up and ask about it after the shows, which was very encouraging.  Everyone in the band had a chance to think about how they wanted to record it, after trying it different ways live. So when the time finally came, we were full of ideas. - Jay

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Marty

We experimented a lot with different sounds as we recorded it.  Just when we thought we had it down, one of us would throw in another element or 'twist', like the "Jaws" cellos towards the end. I especially liked the way this song built up as it went along, and couldn't wait for the heavy guitars to come in. Even though Jay had all the structure envisioned, he still gave us the latitude to pretty much play want we wanted. He's cool like that. - Marty

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Clint

 I hadn’t truly imagined Marty’s lead guitar work the way it ended up in this recording. He worked very hard on placing just the “right stuff” to add something extra to the piece to enhance it.  - Clint

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Jay

I’m a big believer that songs are meant to be interpreted, and the true meaning of any song lies with the listener. So while I wanted this song to tell a very specific story, I didn’t want the lyrics to reveal too much.  We tried to tell the story with the music and instrumentation as much as the lyrics. - Jay

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Johnny

There are lots of keyboard parts on Shades – piano, strings, you name it - lots of layers building throughout the song.  Everybody was a keyboardist when it came time to color it, and everybody had great ideas. I loaded my keyboard with all kinds of sounds to choose from, and we all took turns calling out ideas, and I played them all.  It took a long time to record the keyboard parts, but it was a lot of fun.  - Johnny

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Clint

I was not present for the recording of Johnny’s keyboard part but after hearing it I was stunned. An absolute, pleasant surprise and, like with Marty’s lead guitar work, I hadn’t “visually heard” the final keyboards for the finished product in my head.  Semblances sure, but not the eventual outcome. It was akin to seeing a Maserati but then hearing the engine crank; silky-smooth and pleasing to the ear. - Clint

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Danny

My personal favorite song on the album. Very dark and haunting.  I worried that we may have over done the percussion in the beginning of the song, but the song came out amazing, I love the way it turned out. - Danny

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Clint

Danny put just the right amount of drum-touch on this recording. Any more might’ve been too much and any less would’ve left it wanting. This song definitely ended up as one really nice piece of work. - Clint

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