Rights and Wrongs – Track 9 from Face On Water
I’ll come right out and say that this week’s #FlickerFeature, Rights and Wrongs, is probably my favorite song on the album. I use the word “probably” on purpose because I really do love them all for different reasons, but this particular song means so much to me because I connect with the message as a listener, despite being an author and performer of the tune.
Rights and Wrongs is the last song on our debut album. While the album starts with an upbeat dancefloor track (OMGTTFS), it ends on this downtempo track that offers a simple and hopeful message: do the right thing. I know that phrase has been coined already, but it’s the best way to describe what I think this song is about.
The track came together during the recording session we did the day after the 2016 election. As I said in another post, the results hadn’t fully sunk in and no one knew exactly what had happened (or how or why), but the weirdness of it all carried through in the music we made that day. In this case, writing and playing this song was therapeutic and calming for us.
Goodie took the rough sketch and arranged it beautifully into what you hear on the album, complete with a quick major chord B section, and some old school samples that really hit home. “Whatever the rights, and whatever the wrongs…” – I love how we don’t actually finish that thought. It’s up to you to make the right choices or do the right thing (or not). But there are consequences and impacts, no matter what. Those consequences may seem minute in the grand scheme of things, but to the person or people they impact directly, your choice can mean everything.
The video for Rights and Wrongs is essentially a series of portraits candidly depicting different people having a variety of experiences, mostly subtle. There is inward reflection, outward connection, hope, joy, fear, uncertainty, and a slew of other emotions found in each of those scenes, and the idea we want to convey is that every person is living a life as vivid, authentic, and important as your own. Everyone is the star in this epic story of life, currently being told simultaneously through 7.5 billion versions (and counting). It’s naïve to think that each of us can relate to the experiences of everyone else, just because we’re all human, but that’s not the point. Empathy is not connecting with everyone. Rather, it is the understanding that everyone has a story to tell, and that story is equally as important as yours, even if you never hear or understand it.
For me and the guys in this band, music is our way of sharing, learning, connecting, exploring, experiencing, documenting, creating, expressing, and growing. We’ve been doing it for 20 years together, and I can’t tell you how much it means to have made this album with my lifelong friends and brothers. Thank you all for your support, and for the time and energy you have put into reading these anecdotes, watching our videos, and listening to our music. Please share it with the world.
Watch the video below or Listen to Rights and Wrongs on Spotify
Recorded and produced by Ryan Goodman. Mastered by Rollin Weary at IV Lab Studios in Chicago.