Behind the Song
"Don't Look Down"
There is no doubt that this pandemic has brought forth a ton of musical creativity, and Jeremy Buck's "Don't Look Down" is no exception. Buck not only wrote and produced the song, but he played all the instruments as well as engineered, and mixed it himself at "The Chateau Motel", aka his garage. This infectiously catchy sing-along is a melding of organic and synthetic pop-rock production sensibilities that vibes big studio in terms of big, dynamic sonics. The song's arrangement is cleverly simple, and it begins with a majestic hook that's instantly memorable. This chorus is open and airy and features gang-vocal style vocals that impactfully contrast with the introspective and stripped-down verses. "Don't Look Down" was inspired by the pandemic, the ramp-up to the election, and being in lockdown with his pregnant wife and his 4-year-old daughter. The situation became more intense when Jeremy's wife gave birth to their son 9 weeks prematurely, and the newborn had to spend 34 days in the NICU. The song boasts unflinchingly optimistic lyrics like: Another Day is a new fight/You can win somehow/It will end somehow. You get the sense that Jeremy wrote these anthemic words to buoy his spirits.
"With all of the negative energy, and the constant threat of eminent doom that is being spoon-fed to use through the media, I felt a huge creative urge to share my concerns and frustrations but in a way that will hopefully spread positivity," Jeremy shares. "I pictured myself walking on a tightrope over a frantic and chaotic city on fire full of distractions, and genetically-engineered ads to provoke my emotions and break me down. I suddenly remember all of those classic scenes in the movies where there is a person who is afraid of heights-stranded and unable to move paralyzed by fear-until they hear someone shout out the classic and timeless advice, 'don't look down.'"
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