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01. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

A Collision
by David Crowder Band



 

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Behind the Song:

'I am without end amazed by the mechanism of the human mind. The way one simple thought can lead to another...to another...to another...and on and on. I have a very vivid childhood recollection of me sitting between my parents on our tan vinyl sofa one Sunday evening, surveying an episode of the then current hit television show 'That's Incredible.' The show opened with a story of a young boy who appeared to be near my age at the time. He had erected thousands of multicolored dominos in a gymnasium with the express purpose of toppling them over. His plan was to gently tip one of the oblong blocks, instigating a series of events to climax in a world record for the largest chain of dominos ever constructed. They were right. It was indeed incredible. The first domino collided into the next one, into the next one, into the next one and on and on until the gym floor was alive as the colors sped out, around, and back, over and under bridges, circling, spiraling, spreading apart, then coming together. It was a gym full of momentum and consequence.

Here is a snapshot of a small number of things that toppled into one another, resulting in our latest CD– 'A Collision':

A book from the early 60s, Neils Bohr's model of the atom, the Arabic numeral 3, the Arabic numeral 4, a television show on the rural farm delivery network, breast cancer, a Tsunami in East Asia, the eschatology of bluegrass, an episode of Columbo, country music legend/historian Marty Stuart, a jacket, a bomb, the barn behind my house, a conversation with a very intelligent acquaintance of mine who is currently finishing up PhD work in super string theory, and who happened to mention in very whimsical tone one sunny Texas afternoon that we were, and I quote, 'Walking around in the sky.' He said, while pointing to nothing in particular, 'You see, there is the ground and there is the sky and we are somewhere in between. We're walking around in it. Our feet are on the ground but...'

Themes: an eschatological statement regarding death, mortality, good and evil, the second coming, the raising of the dead, oppression, deliverance, hope, bluegrass music, Hiroshima, springtime, the quiet waiting that comes just before the loudest sound ever.


About the song, 'Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven'
'Last summer we were on the bus leisurely browsing through television channels when we halted on an episode of “The Wilbur Brothers” variety show, on the Rural Farm Delivery Network, as they announced, “and now Miss Loretta Lynn!” It cut from the brothers to a young Loretta holding a guitar. She opened her mouth and acapella, the coal miner’s daughter sang, “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die!” Her voice was in my head a month later when a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and told it was terminal. I decided this phrase would open “A Collision.” I didn’t tell my friend about Loretta’s song. After we had finished tracking I saw her backstage in Atlanta, Georgia and she said to me, “It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I mean I want to go to heaven. I just don’t want to die.” I knew exactly what she meant.' - David Crowder

 

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