Tide - Jacob's Blue
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BEHIND THE MUSIC
Before I start breaking this song down I want to make sure we’re clear on an ideal that is consistent throughout my music. At this point in my career, I approach music aware of who I want to hear it. I think about who, and how I want you to listen and how I want you to feel. I hope for every time that you hear my music that you are taken to where I was when I wrote it.
Even with that level of thought put into the music about who else may be listening, at the crux of it all, I’m making music for myself. I always have used music as a cathartic tool to help me emote.
That being said, I believe that it’s not fair to myself or any of you to filter how I feel in the moment a song is written. I believe there is a beautiful flow of emotion that is captured when you experience something and then express yourself as soon as possible. In hindsight, somethings written when the song was first being made may be exaggerated or even untrue. But they capture my perspective on the situation in that moment in a raw way that represents the truth of that moment and I feel it needs to be shared.
Now that we’re clear let’s unpack “Tide.”
The idea that love is a spectrum has nestled itself in the forefront of my mind when thinking about these things. Love shifts. Love flows. As do relationships and the dynamics within them. My feeling so deeply intertwined with water and the ocean naturally led me to the metaphor of the tide.
This song tries to articulately illustrate what I was going through when I was experiencing a break up with a woman that means the world to me. A lot of the feelings I was experiencing where based in angst, and questioning. “Why do you have to act this way.” “Why is this happening to us?” I understood why at a topical level but couldn’t wrap my head around the entirety of the situation.
This song is a representation of the intense questioning I put our demise through, searching desperately for resolve. I set out to show you this through two means, as always; lyrics and production.
Lyrically, I paint this picture through the pointed lyrics attacking her pride, “Girl let go of your pride“ to the self loathing acknowledgment that I’ve experienced many failed relationships saying “Broken every love…I’m undecided, still know who I am. But maybe I’m lying,“ to the description of my lingering love, debris of fervent relationship, “Getting violent you been rearing back to give it all to me. Love your passion, don’t go holding back, just give it all to me. Send them pictures, know I love the way you give it all to me. Got me washing dishes, I’m so hung up on you yeah. You know I can’t say by to you.” concluding with the fact that I can’t let go and am in need of starting over.
Pay special attention to the stanza talking about “Steady visions from the Otherside” and reference the last stanza of the lyrics from Bob Dylan’s “Heart of Mine.“ (See link below)
Through production, you’ll hear a steady kick drum hit on the first 3 beats but not hitting on the 4 illustrating a strength that is now broken. These kicks are scattered between off beat snares causing a sort of chaotic atmosphere that the spacious hats will then add to, in hopes of creating a similar setting in your subconscious. 808s didn’t belong in this song because of their ferocious nature. I thought a sine bass would serve as a much better impact tool to complement the plain drums. The other instruments in the song are distorted to all hell but then dampened with EQ in order to make you feel as if what used to be free and passionate is now caged and wounded.
The struggle as an artist is getting people to feel the efforts of both production and writing in a way that matches each other. We’re match makers trying to formulate a perfect marriage between instruments and vocals. My hope is that by breaking this song apart and helping you to understand my thought process behind what I made, it will allow you to better interact with the music and better understand me. Love is precious and to be taken seriously.
If there’s one thing to take away from all of this it’s this.
The tide may rise and fall. Water seemingly vanishes and reappears, yet just like love, it never truly goes away.
Thank you for listening. It means the world to me.
Flowing like tide yeah
Wish you’d love me for my truth but you don’t
Wish you’d listen to my reason but you won’t, no
Afraid to fall, afraid to jump
And all this time I feel it in your bones. You’re
The tenant to my veins but you know that, yeah
A look inside my my heart girl you own that, yeah
I’m better now than I’ve ever been
So don’t hold back when we make amends, yeah
It’s not your fault, don’t know what loving is
You don’t. You don’t. You don’t
Girl let go of your pride yeah
You’re wasting all our time you
Marathon my mind yeah but
Love flow like the tide yeah
Cursed from the start
Broken every love
Put it all on the line
For most of my life
I’m undecided, still know who I am
But maybe I’m lying
Getting violent you been rearing back to give it all to me
Love your passion, don’t go holding back, just give it all to me
Send them pictures, know I love the way you give it all to me
Got me washing dishes, I’m so hung up on you yeah
You know I can’t, yeah
Know I can’t, yeah
Say by too, you’re
All I am, no
Not today, they’r’e
On my head, look
In my eyes, girl
Love me dead yeah yeah
Steady visions from the Otherside running through my mind, yeah
Television playing Heart of Mine
I’ll still do the crime, yeah
Got me feeling like a satellite
Cuz there’s new divides, yeah
Fall inside my heart and don’t let me go
No way you’ll let me go, let me go
Cuz I wouldn’t let you go, let you go
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
I got the
Lights down on the weekend
Know you love me when I’m peaking
Ego tripping drop the pretense
And still we changing like the seasons
Got me diving in the deep end
Know you focused on the revenge
But I ain’t looking for a reason
And I ain’t playing any defense
Still I gotta get like HOVA
Tell me are you coming over
Cuz every day I’m getting closer
But wild goosing for some closure