Things got weird in 2020, as we all remember. For me personally, that meant added complications for my then-long distance relationship with Alexis back in Florida, because I was still living in LA. I found myself hanging out in Florida for an indeterminate amount of time, hanging out on her dad's front porch at night a lot to try and clear my head.
That spot and that general hour of evening yielded some writing, most notably "Praying" (out later) and this song, "Sky Pink".
The sunset was just beginning to wane into nighttime, and I was feeling despondent and lost. (Shocker, I know.)
I went inside and quietly stole Alexis's guitar. Settling back down outside on the step, I jotted some lines down about an imagined situation where she sat me down to show me a new song she'd written. I love her music, so it wasn't hard to come up with the whole little scene in about five minutes. I love the CMaj7 chord shape a great deal, it always sounds right when I'm feeling melancholy. I decided to just hammer on it for a while and call that the "chorus" section.
As my mind wandered, I flipped to a more unpleasant mental channel. For some reason, the imagery of WWI trench warfare has stuck with me for a long time. Probably because of the uniqueness of its brutality, the really unbelievable savagery that humans are so good at unleashing on one another. I tried to put myself in the mind of a young, terrified soldier just trying to stay alive, a psychopathic Col. Kurtz-type commanding over me demanding the most creative bloodshed I could be capable of. The trauma of actual combat that so few in my generation are meaningfully connected with; an experience I myself have no first-hand experience with. (Thank God.)
The last section is all imagist poetics, my take on the human condition. My tendency to elevate my lover, the human spirit elevating an image of oneself as embodying our highest potential, a vision of Christ, all mashed into one blurry image hanging there in that Floridian sunset.
I don't think the song resolves lyrically, but it doesn't really need to. It's an impressionist snap-shot.
I hope you liked it.