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Paradise – The Story Behind the Song | Penny Rae

Paradise – The Story Behind the Song

paradise If you’ve ever wanted a reboot on life, this song is for you. There are times in life when you need to make a change – a job, a relationship, your entire circle of friends… Sometimes it feels like the easiest way to make that change is just to leave everything behind.

From start to finish, this was probably the quickest song-writing session for the whole record. From concept to completed song only took about 1/2 hour, with lyrics and music flowing fairly quickly.

On the production end, this is Andrew’s favorite song on the record. “I love the simplicity of it. We avoided the temptation to over-produce ‘Paradise’ and instead just let the song have some space. It was really tempting to have piano throughout the song, but I think the way we left it only in the bridge with a single-note melody line helped to add a small, subtle layer as the song developed. It was cool to leave the acoustic driving the song throughout and to have the violins and cello supplement what was already going on with the acoustic and vocals.”

The simplicity of the production lends to the subject of the song as the subjects of the song work through the idea of leaving all of the distractions around them behind and focusing on their relationship without external forces influencing them. We never really specified where “Paradise” was, leaving it up to the listener. If you could reboot your life, where would your “Paradise” be?

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