Blue Day

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"Breezy acoustic guitar and a sweetly melancholy sentiment help paint this pristine vocal landscape." - Parade

"...evokes a sense of serenity with lofty vocals that eloquently deliver a timely reminder of kindness." - American Songwriter

a simple, poignant song fit for these short winter days and the blues that can unexpectedly accompany them. About the song, lead singer David Wimbish said, “It was a song idea that sparked on my front porch while I was enjoying this otherwise *perfect* day, but I found myself looking down at this sun-scorched plant - and I just had the realization that, no matter how well things may be going, the blues can and will sneak their way in - and often with no perceivable reason or cure.”

To release it as a winter one-off, Wimbish and the band worked within the confines of COVID-19 recording set-up - a new approach and process for them. The band tapped Stephen Price (Charlie Hunter, Chad Lawson) and his studio in High Point, NC for the session. “It wasn’t your typical session of course, because of all of the COVID-19 protocols - we weren’t all together like usual. But in a strange way - how it all came together really matched the vibe and tone of the overall song - the whole year, really...” said Wimbish, “When I heard Stephen’s first mix, I was blown away! It’s so incredibly delicate and it really brings out the magic that happens between Sarah, Hayden and I.”

The Collection is a 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Judge’s Pick and has released 3 records independently.Their raucous live show has drawn accolades nationwide and has seen them touring with pals The Oh Hellos and on various festival side stages - steadily making waves with each new record. With touring at a halt the band has spent their downtime this year as we all have: adjusting and tweaking their routines to the times; trying - as a lot of bands are - to figure out what being in a band, recording and making music together even is during these times. “I guess one of the song’s main messages and what I hope people take from it,” says Wimbish “is just a lot of what we’ve been hearing and facing during this pandemic - we just have to be kind and patient with ourselves and ride it out as it comes.”

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Rode out the morning on the saddle of my porch
Some leaves are still green, yet some other ones got scorched
I didn’t think that things could ever feel this forced
Just took a drink and let the evening cut the cord

It’s a blue day, and I am not sure why
Sometimes it feels like they sneak up from behind
And if they do stay, it toughens up my mind
Just like a huge wave on a greater tide

The minutes are a symbol of my impatience
Waiting for someone to convince me I’ve made it
Repeating actions, hoping something changes them
Every direction seems to go against the wind

It’s a blue day, and I am not sure why
Sometimes it feels like they sneak up from behind
And if they do stay, it purifies my mind
Just like a cool wave on a raging tide

Don’t need a reason I don’t have to justify
If I am sleeping or if I am open wide
It ain’t too different, it’s a really skinny line
Between feeling distant and feeling so sublime

It’s a blue day, and I am not sure why
Sometimes it feels like they take me by surprise
And if they do stay, it opens up my mind
Just like a new wave on an ancient tide
Just like a blue wave beneath a changing sky

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released February 9, 2021
Written by David Wimbish
Performed by David Wimbish, Sarah McCoy, Hayden Cooke
Produced by David Wimbish
Engineered and Mixed by Stephen Price
Mastered by Dave McNair
Art by Stephen Vosloo

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The banjo-keys-glock-strings-brass-woodwinds-timpani-boy/girl-vocals-etc. of David Wimbish’s Greensboro collective may at first recall the figurine-songs of Sufjan Stevens – but only until one of the 12-member band’s delirious crescendos erupts. Wimbish employs as many as 20 instruments per track, yet the arrangements are judicious when they need to be- Shuffle Magazine ... more

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