“Chrysalis” was born out of frustration.
In the weeks leading up to recording Immigrance, I was trying to write a song to contribute. It wasn’t going well.
The day before leaving for the recording session I still had nothing I liked.
In a moment of frustration, I went for a jog. A melody popped into my head and by the time I got home, I had a full song in mind. I recorded a rough demo (which I finished in the Uber to the airport) and voilà, I had a song to share with the band.
In the same weeks all this “writing” was going on, my kids were tending to a butterfly garden in our backyard. If you’ve never seen one (I hadn’t), it’s incredible. You watch caterpillars become butterflies in the span of a couple of weeks.
But the most magical part of the transformation is invisible to the outside world. It occurs inside a hard skin called a chrysalis.
It seemed an appropriate metaphor for the experience of composing music. Lots of internal work the world never sees and at the end, if you’re lucky, a song emerges. The contrasting sections and modulations in “Chrysalis” reminded me of that metamorphosis. My own as well as the butterflies.
Our song is available now on all digital platforms, at https://orcd.co/chrysalis
P.S. We released our butterflies the same day I wrote the song.