Roll The Dice

As I had written earlier, I realized I had a lot of Character driven songs, but I didn’t have any love songs.  So, I sat down to specifically write a couple for the album.  Just before deciding on the songs for the album, I wrote and handed in three songs: “Roll the Dice”, “Strung Out” and “Top of the World” for the album and all made the final CD.  The song is basically a written around a string of gambling metaphors.  It's about taking chances on love.  I had written the chorus first, which is unusual for me as I normally start with the verse.  But I wanted to concentrate on coming up with a catchy chorus, which I wound up really liking. For the verse I had been listening to Tom Petty’s “Running Down a Dream”, I really loved the guitar part in this song, so I came up with a variation on the theme and then overlaid a sax and later slide guitar to come up with a completely different sounding result.  This was the first single we released and it has done very well with over 100,000 Spotify streams. Fabian Chavez just killed it on Saxophone for this song (as he did throughout the entire album). On this song  Sarven Manguiat handled all the slide and lead guitar work;I played all the rhythm guitars,  Rob Hall played bass; Stephen Haaker was on Drums and Aaron Durr was on all Keyboards. Diana Ortiz, Harrison Crenshaw and Phoebe Crenshaw are all on backing vocals.  The song was engineered and produced by Stephen Haaker and Brett Grossman. We recorded it at “Perfect Sound Studios” in Frogtown CA and Cosmic Voyager Studio in Encino.  Emily Lazar from the Lodge in NYC Mastered this song.

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