August Burns Red Singled Out Week: Count It All As Lost
"Count It All As Lost" proved to be the most challenging song to write drums to on Rescue & Restore. The song is relentless! The song opens up with this big introduction that pulls you in and keeps you on your toes. Through a series of twists and turns, the linear writing leads you to a guitar riff that I compliment with the bells on my drum-set, which I use sparingly on our records. The very next part has the fastest blast beat I've ever played on any ABR record. It took me at least 2 hours to get the drums right for just that 10-second part. I am happy we chose to keep it as fast as we did though because it sets the song up well for the 'whiny' breakdown that follows.
All in all, Count It All As Lost is one of my favorite songs on the record. The song is very linear in fashion and takes you through a windy road of sounds and styles before arriving at the end where you are somehow still banging your head and smiling at the same time!
Writing lyrics for Count It All As Lost was an extensive process. I first put pen to paper for this song in early 2012 on a tour in Europe. I was having a hard time dealing with the high standard I set for myself. I found that whenever I lived up to my own moral standards, I became self-righteous and inflated. On the contrary, whenever I failed to meet my high standards of morality, I felt like throwing myself off of a bridge!
The Bible has a very helpful depiction of this 'up and down' relationship many of us have with being better or worse than our own expectations. Paul, the New Testament writer, addresses this issue in Philippians 3:8 where he says, "I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ." He writes this amazing truth after listing all of his exceptional moral accomplishments, showing us that even the very best we can do is still crumbs compared to the worth and value in knowing Jesus.
Both musically and lyrically, this song has a little something for everyone. I hope listeners enjoy this song as much as I do!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!