The song Stand Up began as a basic “finger exercise” that I used to build speed and strength as a guitarist. The musical melody of the song is a tribute to the style of the 70’s and 80’s and offered a great opportunity to use two lead singers on one song. The words and meaning behind the song started when I was on my back for six weeks recovering from back surgery. I subconsciously was encouraging myself to focus on recovery and the ability to “Stand Up” (healed and ready to rock). Within a year the final lyrics were locked into place as the song took on a much greater meaning. It now simply relates to all people no matter what challenge they might be facing – to get up, shake it off and stand up tall!