So “Call to Arms” is finally done, and you can listen to it on my Facebook page. This is a fight song, I guess. The concept of it is to bring a feeling of rallying your group, team, crew, company, whatever into focus and unite them into a common cause charging the battlefield, court, stadium or whatever applies.
There’s a lyrical sequence in the second verse that I particularly like, because of the double meanings:
“Make moves, hustle and pay dues //
Rocking the blue collar or Blue Man Group, gang bangers //
Blue bandanas cockin them hammers //
Mix them with the Red you get Purple, light it up! //”
So we go from blue collar (manual labor class, like construction workers), to Blue Man Group (theatrical production), to blue bandanas (referring to the Crips), mix it with the red (referring to the Bloods), you get Purple (the secondary color mix from red and blue, and also known as a type of marijuana).
Jay-Z is awesome at the double entendre, and I want to continue using that technique and also layer it with metaphors and similes in the classical sense.
Another thing to note about this song is the sample used in it. It’s from the video game Final Fantasy VI, when you enter the kingdom of Figaro. I actually had a few versions of using this sample and I finally settled on one where the auxiliary instruments in the song can stand alone and still carry the song and the horns of the sample can accentuate it. It gives it a feel of royalty, and I guess that’s where the feeling of solidarity comes from and where I got the concept for it.
Only one song left for this album. Maybe FINALLY, Phase 3 can come out.. only FIVE years after Phase 2. =] I feel very strongly about this album and I have enough powerful solo songs in here to perform and promote.
Phase 4 won’t take nearly as long, as Phase 3 marks the end of this particular trilogy, and this album will be made with no existing preconditions and will blueprint the next two subsequent phases. No signs of stopping for me, music is in my blood. =]