01/28/2021 01:09 PM:
Larry Mizell, Jr.
For the original version of this song, Howard brought in keyboardist Robert Glasper and drummer Nate Smith, who both come from serious jazz backgrounds. They started jamming on the spot while the Alabama Shakes leader threw words over their music. She recalled:
"I took it later and cut it up and put it together. I was trying to figure out what I was going to do over it, because there's no room for a melody, there's so many melodies happening. I decided it had to be something spoken word. I was in my notes on my phone and I found this thing I had written a long time ago, when I was in this place where I was so devastated by the state of the world. And I wrote this powerful message to my own self: you be the best you can be, and then that's going to affect the world the way it's going to. You don't have to solve world issues, because I'm not really put here for that. That's what that's about."