Singled Out: Vinnie Ferra
I believe when I wrote BFB (Bad For Business), I was sitting on my couch at my apartment in Santa Monica overlooking the gorgeous freeway, just playing my guitar. The progression had existed in my fingers for some time, the melody on the spot, and some of the lyrics pieced together from remains of old songs never completed.
I recorded the song into garage band because I was "vibing" with the progression experimenting with different lyrics and melodies. Originally, the song at 5 verses, then I showed the song to London Venturelli (featured vocalist on the song). She helped me combined some of the verses to shorten the message and get to the point. After months of playing the song as a four verse song, I cut out the 3rd verse and replaced it with an instrumental break (as heard in the original recording).
The lyrics were heavily inspired by the girlfriend I had at the time (as most love songs are). We were dating under the pretense of knowing that we would break up when she left to move to the east coast after summer. "A summer built up so high, it was one of the best." The concept of a relationship ending when neither person was ready for it to end was so overwhelming. "Cause our days are numbered before you take flight" It's like living your life knowing when you are going to die. An extreme I know, but love is extreme.
Anyway, it's a love song, about losing someone you love "to the other side of town."
www.vinnieferra.com for the music video (premiere's today, December 3rd) -