I was definitely inspired by Jeff Buckley's album "Grace" when writing this song (one of my favorite albums). Specifically, it was the song Grace that sparked the musical idea of this song. As always with my writing (at least up to this point in my life) the lyrical idea stems from the music. The music always paints a picture of what the song will be about for me.
Music comes from somewhere I can't explain, lyrics come from the music. The lyrical idea for this song took a little longer than most. I had the idea of what I wanted to write about, but couldn't figure out how to say it. Because I was on such a Buckley kick, I thought the lyrics should somehow be related to him.
The first thing I wrote was "I know that I am drowning/the water burns my eyes/portraits of my past flash through my mind.". I liked it, but I thought it'd be a bit odd to write about Jeff Buckley's death, especially trying to write from his perspective. I didn't feel right doing it and I especially didn't want to offend the spirit of Jeff Buckley in any way by writing of his death from his perspective...it was too weird.
So I spent a lot of time thinking about how else those lyrics could be used. Eventually, I came up with the storyline it follows today: the idea that I'd rather risk my life/lead a short life pursuing all the things I want to do, everything I'm passionate about, searching deep within myself and in others, rather than live a great length of time just skimming the surface of life.
Mike Tedesco is a singer/songwriter currently living in the Tri-State Area. To find show dates and listen to more music by Mike, visit his website.