Singled Out: Worth Taking's Different Now

Jerod McBryer from the San Francisco group Worth Taking tells us about the song "Different Now" which comes from their brand new album "Hangman". Here is the story:

"Different Now" is track 6 on the record and, consequently, represents step 6 in the 12 Step Program. I'm fascinated by numbers and how such a quantitative tool can help represent such qualitative concepts. While that fascination is evident throughout the record, it is at its strongest in this song.

There is a duality in this song that is not nearly as obvious on the rest of the record. It speaks to one of the overarching themes of this concept: balance. The half-way point is just as much about reflection as it is about looking forward. The third act is not always just about closure; it can also set the stage for a sequel.

The writing process for this song perfectly mirrored this kind of exhaustive back and forth. The song went through about 20 different chorus iterations and I struggled with the guitar solo for weeks. The near-final version had this very busy, self-gratifying, attempt at "shredding." One afternoon, when listening to a piece by John Williams, I heard a reprise of the main theme during a more subtle section of the song. It inspired me to go back and strip down the bridge into an instrumental retelling of the chorus.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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