Thu, Nov 04, 2021
A Slow Demise
Musical Style: Funk, Soul, Blues, Rock, 70's Funk, 70's Funky Soul
Musical Influences: Bill Withers, Al Green, Prince, Jim James, Cory Henry
Musical Inspiration: "A Slow Demise" took shape after touring with Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles for the better part of three years. Lots of funk and gospel lines were rattling around in my head waiting to bust out. The changes presented themself on one of my frequent trips to NYC at the time of recording Wasteland. I remember I was staying at a friends place in Brooklyn, looking out the window onto the street below and playing some interesting inversions on my guitar. I knew at that point the lyrics were some of the most melancholy I had ever written. The upbeat and funky changes seemed to bring some balance to the composition.
Lyrical Inspiration: "How many times must we live the same story lines?"
This is the question that sets up the song. It's the question that sparked the lyrical process in writing ""A Slow Demise"" and the question that represented my own awakening to the severe inequities and hypocrisies present in our society. No longer could I ""Shut the lights to [my] eyes"".
The slow demise is the arc that our society and communities have taken post World War Two. It represents the lies used by a powerful few to profit from the masses. "The only place left to hide [are] in the hills of your mind".
But at least we tried to feel something right?
Artist Statement: This was a really fun one to record. I wasn't sure how the song should start so I asked Josh Dion to play something funky on the top and lead us into the tune. He sure did set it up and create a vibe. The rest played itself.
Track Description: Andrew Bailie’s upbeat and funky “A Slow Demise” takes a hard look at society’s ills in the twilight of American Democracy. Bailie, a founding member of Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, reflects the plethora of funk and gospel lines rattling around his head at the time of this tune’s inception. During one of many trips to New York City recording his album ‘Wasteland,’ Bailie recalls gazing out of a friend’s Brooklyn window while feeling out funk inspired chord changes and inversions in juxtaposition to song’s melancholy lyrics. The result is a groove oriented and danceable musical arrangement. Bailie was brought into the Color Red family by way of his good friend, longtime Color Red artist and fellow Nebraskan, Josh Hoyer. “A Slow Demise” is an exemplary introduction into Bailie’s superb body of work.