August Burns Red Singled Out Week: Provision
Provision was my favorite song to write drums to for Rescue & Restore. I think the reason for that was because of the diversity of the song. The song has the natural 'flow' of an August Burns Red song all the way until the middle section when Dustin (our bass player) plays by himself before ushering in the rest of the instrumentation. The drum groove I came up with has an 'afro-Cuban' feeling and feels paradoxical to the guitar riff that JB wrote. Sometimes contrasting sounds actually compliment each other and I hope people feel the same way I do about that in regards to this song.
I wrote the lyrics for Provision on the top of a mountain in Stuttgart, Germany. I remember exactly where I was! I hiked up the side of the mountain an afternoon before our show and felt inspired to write about a financial scandal I was victimized by in 2012. I had gone through the many stages of grief after realizing my substantial monetary loss in the Ponzi scheme. After having nowhere else to turn with my anger and distrust in people, I prayed to God that He would show me the good in this tragedy. The lyric in the middle of Provision sums up the resolve I felt as a result; "I'm just as much the problem as the man behind bars. He did with his business what I do in my heart."
The man behind the financial scandal had done a bad thing and hurt many people. He would serve time behind bars as a result of his bad behavior and his 'sin' would be evident to the world. But what I realized is that I have things in my own heart that should position me behind bars. I am no better than the man next to me. That realization helps in coming to terms with any loss at all in life and helped me find hope and provision in the dark situation.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album and see where you can see them on the Warped Tour dates right here!