The penultimate track for this year’s Summer Session is brought to you from the writing talent of Chris Hall.  Chris has been a collaborator for a while now, contributing horns to a number of tracks, but this is the first time he has written for the project.  This funked up jazzy tune is mixed by Rion Smith.  Check it!


During the day, I am a software engineer. Personally, software development shares a very close relation to the same creativity stream when playing music. Someway I wanted to tie my two worlds together and this song was born as the first in a series named after server response status codes as metaphors for each codes direct relation to life experiences.

Without getting too nerdy, a “200 OK” is a server response status code that means a request has succeeded. Before this message can be received a request must first be sent. When sending the request you sometimes don’t know if it will succeed or fail but you send it anyway, usually in the hopes for a positive result or a “200 OK.”

Like in life when putting yourself into a situation without fully knowing what will come of doing so, there are parts of this song that pull back from the groove and emulate the hesitation in the anticipation of putting yourself out there or “sending the request.” Since this song is about  the success of a request, all is good (200 OK) and the groove returns.

The ending is left open after the anticipation to intentionally leave the listener hanging on the anticipation for the response. Does it succeed? The only way to get a 200 OK is to send the request and find out!

Baritone/Tenor/Alto/Soprano Sax: Chris Hall

Keys: Chris Hall

Bass: Chris Hall

Drums: Colin Robinson

Mixed By: Rion Smith

Songs On Sunday is a collaboration between songwriters, musicians, vocalists, and engineers to write, recording, and produce a new song each week. If you would like to help keep this project alive and well (and keep hearing great music from today’s emerging songwriters), please make a donation. Any amount is appreciated! – SOS

With thanks to Ryan Hoak for his support for this session.

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