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“We Will Rise” was born from a jam session with Ryan and Anthony (along with unofficial 5th member of The Ganic Adam Jarrett). The tune was originally slated for inclusion on the Acoustica project, an EP of stripped down originals and re-imaginings of the band’s previous work, to be heavily influenced by the sounds of Kaki King and Rodrigo y Gabriela. As we jettisoned that idea and moved through the Equilibria recordings, though, “We Will Rise” began to have new life.

The original sketch included just the verse and hook parts, but the bridge was hard to come by. That is, until the ultra-talented Cory climbed that mountain. Then, based on the subject matter, we wanted to bring in some more members of the Soulganic Family to complete the anthemic feel. Our original idea was to bring back our Soul Brother #1 ML Caldwell and Anthony’s long-time mentor (and sister to boot) Myra Ferrell to flesh out the coda. Due to scheduling, ML wasn’t able to join in, but Myra’s soulful crescendo brought the song home in the right way.

Interestingly enough, we had three versions of this one: a slowed down groove, a keyboard-based take, and the finished product.

Side note: Cory kept the beat super tight, and eschewed any toms for most of the recording process of Didactic Interstice. We struggled with that decision, since what we love about his playing is his melodic and balanced approach on the drums. But, after hearing this bare bones approach, we felt everything bounced a bit more, and we quickly came around. His playing here is a funky combination of ?uestlove and Soulive’s Alan Evans, but drenched with Cory’s trademark detailed and nuanced approach. Good stuff.

 

Lyrics:

I believe
your roots dig deeper when you bleed
your leaves reach higher when you weep
though you tend to deny your possibilities

i believe
your shoulder’s stronger day by day
as the path less beaten is your way
though you tend to deny all that you can be
I believe

that we will rise
into the sun
spread your wings
before everyone
we will rise
together

i can see
your struggle’s equipped me to be
a truer version of their reality
and time has proven our victory

I can see
that hand in hand we’ll have a sky more blue
and hand in hand we’ll have a clearer view of so many better things
for you and me
cuz I can see

that we will rise
into the sun
spread your wings before everyone
we will rise
together

through the darkest of my days
your strength has shown me the way
and though we may fear
I know that our clouds will clear
and our trials will disappear

cuz we will rise
into the sun
spread your wings before everyone
we will rise
together