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March 27, 2017 Travers Geoffray

"Drive": Behind the Song


How fast can this thing go?

I remember sitting in the backseat of my friend’s convertible hitting 120mph down the GW Parkway. I couldn’t see anything, I couldn’t hear anything, but I felt everything. The rush of adrenaline pumping through my veins like pistons churning furiously inside the engine.

Completely out of control.

The top of the original Nashville chart read "Chuck Berry style rock 'n' roll - 177bpm."

(FYI - bpm is beats per minute, aka the tempo.) That was, until Mike the producer, asked “how fast can this thing go?” The recording of "Drive" ended up topping out past 210bpm.

"Drive" seeks the controlled chaos of racing down the highway, radio up. 

The song speeds past you, it’s gone before you even knew it was there. It flirts with recklessness.

The song also serves as a remnant of my former band,Mississippi Rail Company. My passion for old school rock ‘n’ roll, boogie piano and big horns. Untamed and explosive energy.

Everyone remembers how fast they've gone. The first time they hit 100mph.

The memory of the rush never leaves you. I hope “Drive” takes you to that memory. Maybe you’ll remake that memory with this song blaring on the stereo. Just don’t bill me for the ticket.