Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Story of Above The Snakeline

Tim Korry | Above the Snakeline

The song ABOVE THE SNAKELINE was a song that was constructed fairly quickly. I think the initial writing and recording happened in one day. I was fascinated with the phrase when I heard of it's historical significance and a good metaphor for Christianity.

In one of his letters the great poet, William Cullen Bryant, who 
so loved the Berkshire hills, mentioned the fact that when the hills were first occupied by settlers, 
they found that down in the valleys were very dangerous serpents. The rattlesnake was there, the 
poisonous adder was there, the copperhead was there. In order to escape these serpents, they built 
their residences upon the hills. Ancient tradition related that there was a “snake line” above 
which no poisonous snake ever crept. If a person builded above an elevation of about twelve 
hundred feet above the sea, no poisonous serpents ever bit his children, or destroyed his property, 
or endangered his life. But if he built in the valley, he was subject to these deathly dangers. In the 
old times when the country was settled, every person who approached was advised to build his 
house “above the snake line.” - Russell H. Conwell 1925

After learning this fact, I became focused on ABOVE THE SNAKELINE as the album title and title track. The music I was starting to produce was a fusion of Middle Eastern dance and sort of an altpop rock sound. All the ideas blended together and I could feel the words coming easily from The Holy Spirit before the music was even recorded. The ABOVE THE SNAKELINE concept ran through all of the songs on the album mixing several styles of music in a sonically diverse Christian, not necessarily CCM, expression inspired by The Lord. The album was released on 10/31... just to throw a little more symbolism into the mix.