Jim Infantino is a member of the band, Jim’s Big Ego (http://www.bigego.com/) We talked with him about his song, the Ballad of Barry Allan.
What is the Ballad of Barry Allan about?
It’s about the comic book hero The Flash, specifically the one my Uncle Carmine Infantino wrote and drew, and was one of the creators of this Flash – the second character to take this role in the DC universe. In the song, the main character expresses his sense of loneliness caused by his living at a different speed from the rest of the world. That which happens quickly for us is normal for him, but the majority of his life is spent waiting for dramatic or catastrophic something to happen. In that way it is a metaphor for many of us living in this speedy world.
What inspired the song?
I had been listening to other songs about super heroes and noticed that there was nothing written about the flash. I began to wonder what it was like to be someone living faster than everyone else, and started writing.
Can you walk us through the creative process for Ballad?
I spent some time contemplating how it would feel to be out of synch, and it occurred to me that although his life would look exciting to the rest of us, to him it would be unbelievably boring. This would make it so hard to wait through a normal conversation, or wait for a stop light, or be there for someone who was sad. He would remember about how much more exciting his life was when he was normal. Then I worked with a slightly minor descending chord structure and just started telling the story in verse.
How would you describe the musical style of Ballad?
Not sure. The end product had some techno elements, but we had live drums play along as well. Not good with style labels. That’s for other people.
Are there any projects you are currently working on?
Working with my band to release youtube videos more often – and create new songs that way. Also working on a set of buddhist devotional songs.
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