When I began composing “Sage,” I played an excerpt for a close friend and fellow composer, Adam, who was instantly drawn to the song. He added captivating lyrics and a wonderfully catchy melody line. With my music alongside his lyrics and melody, I believed the song could be commercially successful. Unfortunately, he became ill, and his health rapidly declined. Years later, I resumed work on “Sage,” revising it several times and ultimately including guitar parts he no doubt would have liked. Eventually, “Sage” made it to where it is now, and it’s dedicated to Adam’s memory.
At the end of the song, the lead guitar deliberately fades before the listener expects it to. This symbolically and affectionately connects to Adam—a guitarist whose life faded too soon. It’s an emotional and musically enthralling piece that still pulls on my heart and makes me long to work with him again.