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I the Mighty will be performing December 8 at El Corazon
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I the Mighty Vocalist Brent Walsh Talks Self-Destructing Habits and Sing-Along Choruses on 'Dancing on a Tightrope'

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I the Mighty will be performing December 8 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Brent Walsh, vocalist of San Francisco progressive rock band I the Mighty, delves into his favorite sing-along chorus, self-destructing habits, and the "Rock Yourself to Sleep Tour."

Song: "Dancing on a Tightrope"

Album: Karma Never Sleeps

Release Date: March 27, 2012

When it was written: Sometime in the Spring of 2011

Where it was written: My bedroom in Fremont, Calif. and the I the Mighty practice studio in San Lorenzo, Calif.

Favorite line in the song: "It'll all come back to you, of that you can't pretend / Because life has a way of equaling itself out at both ends."

Which part was the hardest to come up with: I'm not sure. The song was written pretty quickly and organically, especially the lyrics. I toyed around with putting lyrics in the bridge for a while but in the end decided to just leave it instrumental.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Maybe, just to give the song a little more balls. It's definitely one of our lighter songs. Also, I might have started the song differently. As it stands, it's the chorus riff without vocals, but I think it gets a little too repetitive for my taste. It's rare for us to have the same riff in a song so many times.

Odd fact about song: The person it was written about still has no idea it's about her.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: I had a friend who, at the time, was not really taking care of herself or making the right decisions. She seemed subconsciously hell bent on self-destructing the life goals and path she had been mapping out for so long. Thankfully I can say she's better now.

When was your favorite time performing it live: Anytime we play it at a hometown show, it's always a blast. It's a very sing-along friendly song, and there's an a capella part at the last chorus that can be pretty fun when a bunch of people are singing it back at you. Also, right now we're on the "Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour" and every night our buddy Sergio has been coming out and playing my guitar part so I get to rock the frontman roll for once. That's been pretty fun to play around with.

What is the meaning behind the song: The song is basically about trying to help somebody who refuses to stray from whatever self-destructing path they're on. In the start, it's about calling them out and in the end it's an explanation that you're there for them and won't give up on them. It's sort of a "ride or die" anthem.

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