Singled Out: Ashley Riley's Potion
This is one of my favorite songs on the new album and it was one of the last ones I wrote that made the cut. "Potion" was one of those songs that really came to life when I brought it to the band, like instantly. I remember when we first started working on it, I wanted to play it over and over, it was a fun song to write. I had written a couple other songs over the years that started with that same chord progression and none of them stuck until "Potion."
The lyrics were inspired by how people say that nice guys finish last or never get the girl, that whole thing. It sometimes can feel like people that go about things in a way that isn't necessarily nice get the most attention or get ahead, so I was thinking about that. I don't really believe that, though; I don't think that notoriety or attention is necessarily getting ahead.
Anyway, that's where it started out, but then the song took on a different tone, one of encouragement really, maybe for those nice guys and girls. It became more of an anthem in my mind, about being kind and leading with love and how we can make a difference with a loving attitude toward each other and also to ourselves.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!