"The opening line, 'hey, everybody' came first and comes from an old surf song that I love called, "Dance to The Surfin' Band." After that whole first line written (adding 'we're gonna have fun today!') I was on my way, and wrote almost all of the lyrics in the song in order."
Not everything was written ahead of time:
About the pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge:
"The intro and chorus part came from a strumming part I sometimes do when sound checking my guitar at shows! The verses are sort of a Cheap Trick thing."
It was an orderly affair …
"The words in the pre-choruses basically wrote themselves, and came to me fast - I remember scribbling furiously on a folder to remember them! I wanted the overall part to sound busy, creating a sense of movement, building toward something. After that, for the chorus, I wanted something that opens up and lets the listener 'hook in' and sing along - something really big and anthemic, almost glam rock. I wanted to simple as possible in that section.
The bridge was another one of those things where it all just popped in my head - the chords, melody, and words! It's like its own separate song, too - or a jingle! I love the time change it provides in the song, and the 'I'm never gonna give up' line."
What about those guitar parts?
"The ending's refrain ('jumpin' jack attack, that's where it's at') came to be in the studio - I was listening to a playback of Helio Pavan's lead guitar parts, heard something, and added to it. It's very poppy, and bubblegum sounding. The 'live' version of the song contains the original, call-and-response part."
"I noticed some children doing them at my shows, and I love the exercise," Ron begins, laughing. "They are simple to learn, promote physical health, and everyone of all ages does them, like small children and soldiers in the army!"
"They are so in-the-moment,"he continues, "they are pretty much all you are doing, when doing them. That fosters concentration for the little ones, and rules out multi-tasking for bigger people, which can sometimes ruin the fun. It's never a case of, 'I'm making coffee, answering this text, doing 50 jumping jacks ... ' He also loves the way they look: "they can be mistaken for no other action! They're theatrical - like me!" Ron regularly does them as part of his training regimen.
Writing a tune about jumping jacks is a natural for someone is committed to fitness, and writes songs that encourage interactive physical activity in entertaining ways; "A Lotta Energy!" has its own original dance (the side-kickin' "energy dance"), and "The Robot from Honolulu!" is about a surfin' robot, and gets everyone to move like a robot - and do the hula! "Jumpin' Jack Attack!" adds to the nature of Ron's shows, about which he fondly says, "POLKA DOT! is not a spectator sport!"
Why A Song About Jumping Jacks?