I don’t know how to tell you this, but I suppose I will just say it:
“Grayscale” was inspired by an episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
There is an episode that particularly stuck out to me from my childhood entitled “Perchance to Dream.” Bruce Wayne wakes up after blacking out during some sort of criminal bust and finds his life to be completely different. His parents are still alive, Alfred is oblivious, and he is married to Selena Kyle. It turns out he is in some sort of dream created by Mad Hatter. One of the giveaways that he is living a dream is that fact that everything is in black and white because one cannot see color in dreams. This is actually not true—it is well documented that people can “see” color in dreams, but for the purpose of this song I ran with it.
Grayscale is a song about color and the black and white digital representation called grayscale. I had been playing around with a galloping rhythm and singing an anthemic melody and it turned into the chorus section. The verse sections became lyrically about other senses besides sight--a rule I developed to help me finish the song when what originally inspired me to move was a chorus section. Organs are kind of the star of this song. I recorded the organ sounds on the record from a little Hammer beginner organ my grandparents bought when they gave their piano to my parents. The thing weighs a thousand pounds and I’m glad it’s all over this record. It now lives with good old Clint Buck and I’m proud to report he is using it to terrorize his neighbors.
Thank you for listening to “Grayscale.”