Baby Blue

Album: Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King (2009)
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  • Dave Matthews explained this song to Relix magazine: "It's a goodbye song. It's a heartbreaker. That's a hard one for me to listen to. I love the strings that Dave Campbell arranged. When we first played it, we had a whole band arrangement, and it was pretty loud. But when I wrote the lyrics, the song said, 'I'm not loud! I'm just big chords. Play me quietly and then I'll make sense.' The interesting thing about lyrics sometimes: they can be really demanding. If I didn't feel so strongly about those lyrics, I probably would have turned to some other lyrics that fit with the heavier groove. But those lyrics they landed right where I wanted them. So then I said, 'What do I have to do to make these lyrics land?' And so that meant just play the guitar."
  • The band's sax player, LeRoi Moore, tragically passed away in the summer of 2008 as a result of an accident on his farm. Matthews told Relix about his contribution to this song: "Roi really liked that one. His musical instincts were like no one else's that I'd ever met in my life, and with that song, Roi said, 'Man, that's a big song - don't make it too big.' And he was right, because in the end, I took everything off and just had the little guitar."

    Matthews continued his thoughts about the song in an interview with Acoustic Guitar magazine: "But the excitement of playing - you want to feel like you're trying to play Beethoven or something. The song is great and it's really a big sound with the whole band beating away at it, but it just sounded more pompous. When it's just acoustic guitar it just sounds big - for me, it sounds like you're a little kid and the music is just coming in on you. When you succeed in making something tiny really big, it has that sort of other worldly or bigger-than-I-am kind of feeling. I don't believe in God but the one thing that transports me in sort of a religious way is music, when it works really well. Not that music's my religion, nothing weird like that -but it's the place I get the most noisy comfort."
  • The album was produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) He told Relix about his use of a string section: "There are three songs that have a mini-orchestra on them: 'Dive In' 'Squirm,' and this lovely, touching ballad. With the size and scope of this album, I thought I'd use a larger string section than I normally do with a rock band. We ended up using 30 pieces - 18 violins, four violas, six cellos, and two double-bass - and that's quite a larger size. Usually you hear of something more like 20 pieces in rock. It's on the larger end of the scale before it turns into a symphony - which you wouldn't want."
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