I am honored and thrilled that Moorea Dickason agreed to sing the final version of this track, but I lived with my guide vocal for so long that I kind of grew to like it. I also wrote the song in a different key, so I wound up rerecording everything for the final version. That makes the demo something of a relic.
So, since I’ve been battling some tech issues and could not finish the current track in progress before the end of the month, I thought hearing how the song evolved between demo and final would of mild interest — and it would at least cover the July release!
Back in 2008 I read Austin Grossman’s Soon I Will Be Invincible. That sparked an idea for a duet between a frustrated villain and a disillusioned hero, each preparing to compromise their values to become successful in their fields. Problem was, I was not a songwriter, and I doubted I could become one. I tried anyway, but it went nowhere. I revisited the idea when the context of Hero Falls suggested itself, and I still liked the idea of an unappreciated female hero turning villain because she was smarter and more capable than the bad guys she was catching. I focused on that and fleshed out Fyrefox as a character. And now, it’s the namesake track.
I feel amazingly fortunate that Moorea Dickason agreed to sing this. I’d met her through Brian Adam McCune when we needed a vocalist for the 5th anniversary Rocksmith concert. I got to sing with Moorea that night and I was blown away by her power and energy. When I reached out to see if she’d be interested in singing something for HF, she chose this song, and I’m very glad she did.
I know what led Fyrefox to this decision and I hope I get to share that story someday. I also know what happens to Fyrefox next but I’m not going to tell you.