Breaking Habits - Song Break Down

This is a break down of the lyrics and themes from my song Breaking Habits off of my new album Drive. Erik Lamb and I joke about how writing songs is the easy part it's everything else that's hard. This song is a real reflection on that. 

88 BPM written in the Key of E. 

Album Art by the one and only Leif Kolt! I think it captures me pretty god damn well. 

No Gimmicks, No Disclaimers/

I'll save My explanations for later/

You can try to copy the flavor/

But an understudy role won't help you meet your maker/ 

Short and sweet this was the first hook I've written in 5 years. I'm not trying to dazzle you with some cool hook, some catch phrase or twisting some idiom into a meaning for life. This song is very heart on my sleeve no bullshit, you can try to copy what I do but you will never be able to actually duplicate it. Every duplication is flawed in some way. Sitting and studying someone else's moves and waiting to find a way in will not get you any closer to your truth. You have to just do. That's what this hook means to me. 

I'm breaking all the habits I learned from my social status/

trying to find a balance between the passion and madness/

Growing up underprivileged, and disenfranchised in my experience creates some bad habits. I've quit smoking cigarettes since my last album. I've tried to quit these bad mind sets I've developed over the years. Mix that with becoming an autonomous adult I'm really trying to find a balance between, the passion and the madness. 

mindfulness meditation living in the practice/ 

doing what I can to avoid death and taxes/

I've since my last album picked up the practice of mindfulness meditation, every morning for at least 10 minutes I use the app  on my phone called Headspace. I love it and it maybe one of the best decisions I've ever made. I was reading Walden Pond, at the time of this so a little bit of HDT snuck in. Trying to avoid death and taxes should be my next tattoo I think.. 

turning pro, growing up and fighting the relapses/

Self destruction's seductive, a pheniox from the ashes/ 

The word replace was intentional, I wanted to build the imagery of how everyday is a struggle with what I think of as the chocolate cake, I don't really like cake but it was good metaphor for my personal struggle. Having a struggle with a weight problem diet and exercise is one of my main focuses. Everyday is a struggle and the temptations will rise like the ashes of a pheniox.

and my discipline cracks, when I work for reactions/ 

I guess that's what happens when you tempt a book of matches/

I am a spontaneous and impulsive person I know that, if I don't try to structure my self and force a discipline I know I will never get anything done. As Jacko Willink says in discipline there is freedom. If you haven't read his book Extreme Ownership I highly suggest it, if your in to self help that is. 

This is a recreation of self, put my apathy on the shelf/ 

Shuffle the cards that I'm dealt, play a hand for good health/

Not much to in unwrap in these lines I'm going to a self transformation (constantly) and I'm working with the cards I was giving and trying to stop bitching about it. 

Good time spent wasted in a battle of mind/

crush the minuets into grains to see what I can find/

Who hasn't wasted time beating themselves up over a bad choices. It's a real waste of time. When my last album didn't blow and get me famous. I was crushed I really thought it would happen. I had to do a lot of reevaluating and figure out what I truly wanted to do. 

I'll Pick apart the pieces, won't speak of what happened/ 

rearrange the fragments till they look like I imagine/

These are a couple of throw back lines to some older material. Like one is a throw back to my song burn and the second is throw back to a song I did with Leif Kolt! I love that dude and the lines fit both flow and meaning so I ran with it. So I go a little deeper with the self examination and pick out the prices of my self that I like and take out the pieces that I don't like and rearrange them in to a whole new person. Have you seen my new hair cut? This is chess not checkers 

standing on the shoulders of Giants feeling like atlas/

carrying the weight of the works but I flipped it off its axis/

A little head nod to Newton, Tim Feriss and my father and law here. I guess I did flip an idiom into my lyrics. Oh well get used to that. It's the first thing I do when I get stuck. This a little ego stroke I do feel like I'm on top of the world but feel like I'm under so much pressure as well. 

I'm pretty happy with this song, I used some punk rock influence on the structure chorus verse chorus. One and done, I love a quick song they are espically good as openers to get the crowd going at shows. 

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john skobrak

The Danger Room, 300 State St, New London, CT, 06320, United States