Fantasy World is my first! It's the first song I wrote as a duet. It was the first song I sang with a female singer, and It was the first song I recorded with other musicians.
And it's the first song that I changed my musical style. The original version of Fantasy World was a vocal pop song. The current version is a jazz instrumental.
I hear many of my early musical influences in Fantasy World, including Issac Hayes, Kool and The Gang, Chuck Mangione, and of course, Lionel Richie. I believe it's because when I wrote Fantasy World, I was so young, those artists were still big influences in my music, coming out of childhood.
There's a place in our minds that takes us to imaginary worlds where we fantasize about deep passion and a perfect romance, dreams of being together on a beach, running in an open field of green grass and sunflowers, or hanging out among the clouds with the one we love.
When I wrote Fantasy World in nineteen-eight one, my fantasy was simple, to be any place private with the girl I had fallen in love with, and at the age of 18, that's about as far as my mind would take me!
To me, a "fantasy world" is anything I can dream of, and that I only have to be in the present moment with her to experience that world of fantasy.
When I realized a Fantasy World is the experience of love shared between two people, my approach to the song's production dramatically changed!
I started hearing a melodic grooving funky bass line. Thick walls of moving synthesized sounds taking the listener into a fantasy world, bells, chimes, and swirling strings, sitting on top of a grand piano.
I composed "Fantasy World" for you and the love of your life to romantically escape into, let its hypnotic rhythms and melodies take you any place you can imagine, as long as you're both in it together.
David C. Knight
Fantasy World Original Recording 1981
"Chace," my band, was in its infancy stages, there were only four members during the period I was writing Fantasy World. Gathered around the piano, I played the very first version of Fantasy World for them, they liked it, though I still had my doubts. Randy sat behind his drum kit, Tracy stood next to me to read the paper I wrote the lyrics on, and Gary grabbed his Sax!
Really enjoyed the smooth jazz sounds of David Knight’s first hit... "Fantasy World." I found it to be a soul-touching musical experience all his own.