Jump Right In

Album: Uncaged (2012)
Charted: 53
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  • Zac Brown penned this Caribbean-infused tune with his frequent songwriting partner Wyatt Durrette and pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. Durrette told the story of the song to Roughstock: "I was down in Anguilla, which is one of the islands way down there in the Caribbean, with our guitar player, Coy Bowles," he recalled. "He and I went on a seven day disappearing act. It was just a beautiful place. It was a 16x4-mile island that has like 35 beaches on it or something like that. All of them are just the purest, white sand and the most blue water with basically nobody around. Every beach is your beach, pretty much. It's just a gorgeous place. That's where the first verse came from ... the baby powder beach under my feet. It was a real-life experience.

    "Then, right after that, I went to the Keys because the band was recording [their second album] You Get What You Give," he continued. "We got there and hung out with Zac and the band. We were hanging out, and I told him about what I had so far. We started adding to it, and then left it alone, like usual. We start on them, and then when it runs out, we put it to the side and wait. We had written the melody to the first verse and pretty much all the first verse.

    "I guess about a year later, Jason Mraz came down to Zac's house," Durrette added. "They were sitting around one night messing with the song, and when Jason heard the first verse, he was like, 'Man ... I just want to jump right in.' Zac was like, 'That works!' They kind of put together the chorus, and then we kind of wrote the second verse together."
  • Durrette penned the song's bridge on a different occasion: "The bridge was something that I wrote completely to the side," he noted to Roughstock. "I was having sushi with Jimmy, the fiddle player, and something came up about the music meeting the ocean. I was like wow, I need to write that, thinking for a different song ... it just being an idea. I played it for Zac, and he was like, 'That goes with that!' It all kind of worked out. It took about two years to finally finish, but I guess that's how we always work."
  • Durrette explained the song's meaning to Roughstock: "The idea behind the song is just another escapism song," he said. "It's a song about taking in everything around you and leaving everything else behind for a minute ….just enjoying the moment and not thinking about anything. Just jump on in, even if it's cold. It will be worth it. That's kind of the idea behind it. Just let everything else go and live in the moment, whatever that moment may be. Whether it's listening to music or laying on a beach ... that's kind of the idea behind the song."


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