Tip Toe

The song that pushed us past the breaking point producing our most complex realizations about our direction as musicians was written while jamming together at Riis Beach in Queens.  The sound perfectly complimented the scenery and the words were written effortlessly, probably because we didn’t sit down with the goal to write a song.  It just happened because we were just having fun without setting any expectations.  Although we only toggled between two chords throughout the entire song, it flowed beautifully echoing the back-and-forth motion of the waves.  We called it Tip Toe.  The chorus was simple and lovely:

‘Step in, tip toe the water won’t you step in?’

The song is about comparing the movement of people to the movement of waves in the ocean.  

‘It’s more than a moment, it’s every second in motion.  Like the ocean, reaching peak just to crash.’

People and waves both move from valleys towards peaks just to fall back down to a valley again.  The transition between these highs and lows can be life changing, emotionally exhausting, and sometimes painful.  I find it very ironic that this is the song that led us to hit a boiling point sparking a complete change in perspective in regards to our wants and desires as musicians.  Hitting this peak caused us to drastically shift our mindset which was extremely valuable, but also extremely agonizing and emotionally exhausting.  Now it’s about making the transition back down as smooth as possible.

Riis Beach, Queens NY

Riis Beach, Queens NY

But doesn’t the crash of waves seem so much more elegant than the detrimental crashes we experience within ourselves?  This is probably because we can actually watch waves rising and falling in a perfect synchronized rhythm, like a mesmerizing dance you could watch for hours.  People flock to the ocean to just sit and watch and listen to the crashing of the waves.  It calms us.   We can’t physically watch our own ups and downs like we can the ocean’s.  And even if we could, who would want to watch that?  What would it look like to actually watch someone mentally pick up the pieces of a broken fragment in their life just to watch it break a part again and again?   Painstakingly realigning each emotionally damaged remnant of the wreckage just to to build some makeshift foundation on which to temporarily balance yourself.  Painful, delicate, and sad.  But the ocean can lift itself back up in such an effortless way, so peacefully and lovely, that you don’t focus on the crashes, but on the entire movement as a whole.  This song, though the lyrics more ambiguously suggest this idea, is meant to say that everything comes in waves.  Moments, feelings, timing.  Good and bad.  It all comes in waves.  And how beneficial would it be for us to ‘live in the other half’ and adopt the ocean’s melodic movement between these highs and lows as opposed to our own crazy jerky attempts to ride the transition.  

Here’s one of our first drafts of Tip Toe:

It’s more than a moment, it’s every second in motion.  Like the ocean, reaching peak just to crash.  

It’s not just a feeling, it’s something that keeps us believing.  

Oh, if we could just leave it and live in the other half.

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So won’t you step in, tip toe the water?  Won’t you step in?

Oh won’t you step in, tip toe the water?  Won’t you step in?

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It’s all about timing; when all of the stars start aligning.  Leaves no time for reminding the choices we could have made.  

But it’s all in this moment and although we’re in constant motion we can sway like the ocean.  

And let it all go, let it all go.

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So won’t you step in, tip toe the water?  Won’t you step in?

Oh won’t you step in, tip toe the water?  Won’t you step in?

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