Backstory: “Going Up”

Oh the back story, isn’t there always a back story? This is a story about a little song called “Going Up” by Gedeon Luke. Gedeon is an artist that I have been developing for 3+ years. The song is actually the 1st song we ever co-wrote together. We have all heard the stories of how songs come from magical places, they write themselves, they are gifted to us, etc and I gather this tune falls into one, if not all, of those descriptions!

Gedeon and I met at my partner’s office which was probably not the most inspiring place to write but hey, you take what you can get. We sat around discussing some ideas and I was tuning my guitar as we chatted. After I tune up I always use the same 3 chords, D-C9-G, to check if the guitar is in tune. I start strumming the chords in a certain rhythm and Gedeon says, “Marc, I love those chords, they move me.” and I asked him to explain. He then proceeds to tell me how they resonated a certain feeling within him almost like a Gospel hymn. I thought about what he said for a second and said, “Wait a minute, I have an idea for a Curtis Mayfield inspired song!” and started strumming away. Well, in a matter of minutes the proverbial door bell rang, the skies opened up and the delivery of “Going Up” just happened; Gedeon began singing some melodies, I started grabbing some words and quickly soon after the song was done.

The tune is about love and hope and can be interpreted in whatever way you choose.

We’ve just finished Gedeon’s debut record and this song will be included on it as a featured duet with his baby sister, Evvie McKinney:

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Lyrics -

Feeling so strange about so many things
Even the message of love and what it brings
We all need joy and happiness to reign
And with this song I’ll fight away the pain

I’m goin’ up up to feel the rhythm
I’m goin’ up up to dance divine
If you believe there’s love inside
I’m goin’ up up to give the sign

From the first time I felt your presence
There was no doubt, fear or questions
It takes me back to the place
Without you there is no grace

I’m goin’ up up to feel the rhythm
I’m goin’ up up to dance divine
If you believe there’s love inside
I’m goin’ up up to give the sign

The hope for a better day
will soon come my way
and the tears have washed away

What felt so strange about so many things
now with this song I’ll fight away the pain

I’m goin’ up up to feel the rhythm
I’m goin’ up up to dance divine
If you believe there’s love inside
I’m goin’ up up to give the sign

Gedeon Luke, Marc Swersky (c)2010

-Posted by Marc

A recurring feature on IVC, each “Backstory” showcases a song and shares the story behind that song’s inspiration and creation via the songwriter’s own words.


Marc Swersky is a two-time, Grammy Award winning songwriter. As a writer/producer/musician his albums have sold in excess of 50 million copies. Marc is also president/founder of Monocentric Music, a full-service entertainment and artist development company dedicated to mentoring young singer/songwriters.

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Backstory: “Blue Suit”

Welcome to the first installment of “Backstory”. A new, recurring feature on IVC, each “Backstory” will showcase a song and share the story behind that song’s inspiration and creation via the songwriter’s own words.

To start things off, I’d like to offer some thoughts on the genesis of “Blue Suit”; a cut from my latest album, “Queens English”.

"Blue Suit"

Not quite sure what provoked such a random thought, but it occurred to me one day, likely while staring blankly into my closet, that a lot of dudes probably own only one dress suit (don’t say you weren’t warned about the randomness). Maybe I’m generalizing but I’d venture to guess that most non-corporate-raiding types, such as myself, usually have that one, all-purpose Men’s Wearhouse sitting under the dry cleaner’s plastic patiently awaiting it’s call to arms like some sort of sensible, low-thread-count sentry. Riffing on these thoughts like a mentally disturbed haberdasher, “Blue Suit” soon made it’s way out of my head and onto the rack.

As I sketched out the bones of this melancholy lyric, I found my lonely, well-dressed comrade becoming more character than metaphor. A manic depressive figure that only seems to materialize ‘round the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Kind of like that old, grade school friend you only see at weddings and funerals these days who still knows you better than most, having seen you through your best and your worst.

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Lyrics -

Saw it hanging there today
Neatly pressed and tucked away
Oh, my blue suit, my blue suit

Stood above my father’s grave
The sadness like a tidal wave
In my blue suit, in my blue suit

It’s kinda worn and frayed
It’s seen my worst and better days

Humbled by her wedding gown
The clouds gave way, the sun shined down
On my blue suit, on my blue suit

It’s never worn the doldrums of an ordinary day
Its only world, black tie and pearls, sunshine and gray

It’s kinda worn and frayed
It’s seen my worst and better days

Probably wear it one last day
Say goodbye and go our way
Oh, my blue suit, my blue suit…

-Posted by Mark


Mark Bacino
is a singer/songwriter based in New York City with three album releases to his credit as an artist. When not crafting his own melodic brand of retro-pop, Mark can be found producing fellow artists or composing for television/advertising via his Queens English Recording Co. Mark is also a contributing writer for Guitar World as well as the founder/curator of intro.verse.chorus.

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