Mike Pinto Band will be performing July 20 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really


Tell Me About That Song: Mike Pinto, Frontman of Ska-Reggae Three-Piece Mike Pinto Band

Mike Pinto Band will be performing July 20 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Mike Pinto, vocalist of three-piece Pennsylvania ska-reggae band Mike Pinto Band, delves into personal pep talks, staying out of trouble and recording (and living) with Slightly Stoopid saxophonist DeLa.

Song: "Feet Don't Fail Me Now"

Album: The West Is Still Wild EP

Release Date: November 12th, 2011

When it was written: April 2011

Where it was written: In my bedroom in Encinitas, Cali.

Favorite line in the song: "I'm the type of man who gives advice / But don't know how to take it / I'm the type of man who knows the law / Just enough so I can break it."

Which part was the hardest to come up with: The Bridge. It was difficult to choose the change from straight reggae to rock n' roll while keeping the transitions smooth. I get incredibly bored if a song stays in one rhythm or tempo throughout. It's like drinking the same beer at a bar all night.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Maybe have a second horn on it. I always dig tenor sax and trumpet together, so adding a trumpet would beef up the horn line.

Odd fact about song: The tenor sax is played by DeLa, who is a member of Slightly Stoopid. He was my roommate at the time in Encinitas, and he heard the song and crushed the solo on it. I showed it to him on my acoustic and sung the vocal melody to him and he ran with it. DeLa is a pro and certainly took the song to another level.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: I'm just always getting in some kind of bind really, even as I get older. You would think I'd learn a lesson or two in my day, but I still manage to fuck things up regularly. There's a line that says, "Like an old dog, it's hard to learn a new trick." Obviously, I didn't make that up, but it sure as hell suits me. And I find myself forgetting rather important things in my life, so I blame that on the fact that I've just entered my 30s. That's where the song came from, it's all just self-pity.

When was your favorite time performing it live: At Belly Up in Solana Beach, Cali. with DeLa. He tours a lot so it's rare that I get to have him on stage. I must admit, I really think Belly Up is my favorite venue to play at to date. I saw UB40 there. Actually, DeLa got me the tickets.

What is the meaning behind the song: It's all just a pep talk to myself to keep out of trouble and keep my head on straight. I'm constantly sifting through bullshit in order to find some semblance of truth in my life. Trouble is around every corner on the road; you can dodge it or you can seek it out. "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" is an attempt to dodge it. Times are changing, and so am I. I don't want to deal with pop culture, or changing trends in fashion - I'm too busy trying to tour and write songs. Some days I'm clever, and other days I feel like a damn fool. Either way, I'm hoping my instincts will lead me in the right direction.

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