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07 June 2011

Cobalt Sky

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Following is the second in Kent’s twelve-part series to share with you what influenced him to write each song on our debut CD Something on the Way. A subset of the lyrics to “Cobalt Sky” is in italics below. The full lyrics are available under the Music tab, by song title.

This song started as a simple, fun beat and strange guitar licks and sat on the shelf for awhile until I decided to try and do something with it. I kept trying to figure out how to add more structure until I finally realized it didn’t need structure. The first part of the song expresses the melancholy that can come over you when the sky is grey and heavy.

Grey, you spent your time on the wind
Cool, there’s something comin’ up fast, Cobalt Sky

The rap part just kind of came out and I realized that was the antidote to remind us that the weather doesn’t determine our attitude unless we let it.

The sky, try running against the weight
Can’t seem to pull myself out of
Standby, it’s all a mental state
Stop looking outside for your
Forecast, barometer’s within
So set your pressure up and
Contrast, and then you can begin
To make your own light and just blow away

The key and rhythm change at the end to me is like picking yourself up and having a great day in spite of what is happening around you.

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