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Dragondeer’s “Stay High” is an upbeat track with retro vibes that presents pliable duality at its finest. Guitarist/lap steel player Cole Rudy recalls the words and framework flowing effortlessly through his pen starting with an initial guitar riff and lyrics that were filled out with Casey Sidwell’s funky, thumping bass line; Carl Sorensen’s head bobbing boom-bap beats; and Eric Halborg’s Bowie-like vocals. The song presents a dual meaning—through the lyric “sacraments for you and me,” Rudy reflects on using cannabis as a “sacrament,” especially for engaging in musical activities and connecting with the audience. Fast forward to present times where the song fits hand-in-hand with raising spirits during an international pandemic. Whether it’s increasing output in productivity or creativity or needing a tune to help weather the storm, “Stay High” is positioned to be timeless and uplifting—whatever you want it to be to you, it is.
Artist Quote: "Since writing the song, for me, the meaning has shifted from less talking about the aforementioned "sacrament" to more talking about utilizing the tools and opportunities that life sends our way (when we're lucky enough to see them) and about fostering positive growth and unity within myself and my community by working every day to be a good human and to give back where and when I can. Through that philosophy and ushered by tenets of love and gratitude, I hope to raise my own spiritual vibration to a higher level and to encourage and contribute to that of others. ‘Stay High—the choice is yours. I prefer both,” - Cole Rudy
released April 20, 2020
Produced by Eric Halborg, Casey Sidwell, Cole Rudy & Carl Sorensen
Eric Halborg - Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Casey Sidwell - Bass Guitar
Cole Rudy - Guitar
Carl Sorensen - Drums