@piney - This song has been on quite a journey the last couple of days... I started out and built this song around the " ...friend like you" lyrics and melody. That's all I had at first, but I knew that I was on to something and needed to make this song special. I spent the next day coming up with melodies and basic chord structure. Coming up with a structure of a song is always hard for me and takes the longest, but once I had an idea, I was able to build up the lyrics and melodies to be a bit more structurally sound overall.
I knew I wanted to throw my idea over to @zecoop so I recorded the acoustic and main vocals. Faster than you could say "drum sticks", he sent me over the amazing drums. I gave him the ok... and by the end of that evening he had added bass, keys, and electric guitars. He threw the tracks to me and I added a the violin synth and vocal harmony. We thought we were close to being done, but Z realized that I totally brickwalled the audio at the end! At this point we were determined to get a good sound and mix from this song! He also thought the song needed some kind of instrument solo in the down sections before the second verse and before the outro. He was thinking maybe an additional synth, carnival sounds or even a guitar solo. I took time to really think about it... A synth wouldn't be in depth enough, carnival sounds would clash too much and we already had 3 guitar parts recorded. So as I listened again and again... I finally had a brain explosion!!!! I shouted to myself, "MELODICA!". It could strangely bring together all 3 elements into one! I got to rerecording the fuzzy vocals at the end and sat down for about 3 hours and wrote a melodica part. I really wanted it to fit perfectly. I then gingerly dumped the files over to Z and let him work his magical mixing magic!
This song is important to me. I really paid attention to every detail and wanted all those details to come together to create an individual sound that fully expressed its individual personality, emotion and complexity.
Z and I have been online buddies for a while now. I wanna say 4 years we have known each other? We have never met in person, but that has not stopped our musical creative personalities from tangling themselves together. Throughout the years we have spent time collaborating and cultivating not only a musical connection, but a true, bonafide friendship. Something that is difficult to come by especially with technology now a days. As for any friendship, relationship or connection to grow, there needs to be a bit of vulnerability. That is always scary thing. When you are being vulnerable, you are opening yourself up to possible pain, judgement and shame, but also, with vulnerability you are giving yourself the opportunity for connection, acceptance, love and growth.
In the last 2 years I have been really sick and struggling very much. Music has always been an escape for me, but I had been so sick that music was becoming more of a burden to me... mainly because of my inability to do it. So you can imagine how hard this was. So, in all this I decided to reach out and make myself vulnerable. Long story short, Z was there for me and listened. He reached out too and was able to trust me enough to be vulnerable too! Even still, he reaches out from time to time to see how I am doing. 😀 For this I am truly grateful, and this song is my thank you to you, Z.
I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have a friend like you. 😀
@ZeCoop: This song... wow.... I can't say enough about it, but first things first - this song was absolutely amazing, even with just acoustic guitar and vocals. Stunningly good and I am simply honored that @piney wanted me to add my "one man band" approach.
Piney has been very quietly having an incredible FAWM. If you have not checked out her music, do yourself a favor and get over there. It's incredible.
So, I had a ton of fun adding drums (1973 Ludwigs), bass (Fender Jazz), guitars (several versions of my Epiphone Les Paul PRO) and electric piano (Yamaha P-120) and all the parts came completely naturally, which does not surprise me at all, as we click so well as songwriters. One after the other, things just fell into place. I made vague suggestions for additional things and what she came up with was perfect every time. On a technical note... I am pretty sure this is the best mix I have ever done on a song. 😀
This song has had a life of its own and the emotions it contains and friendship it encompasses make it very special to me. She and I were lucky enough to connect musically here four years ago and connected very easily on a personal level as well. I can be honest and open and always get the same, whether we are talking about funny things or serious. And we definitely have had big discussions on both. It all works together to deepen the bond in both friendship and music, and I could not be more thrilled to see the explosion of amazing musical creativity once again from her. This makes me so happy. But I am happier still that we are friends and that she is once again finding happiness and fulfillment.
I cannot thank you enough @pINEy cONe... Thank for being a good friend to me and for this amazing gift. ❤️ 😊
I was sittin’ in the rain as the water washed away all of my shame
Tears fallin’ from the sky look exactly like the rain comin’ down from my eyes
Oh no one can tell I’m spinnin’ in a broken carousel
‘Til you walked on by…
You stop dead in your tracks noticin’ the flicker of the lights begin to clash
Clash against my silhouette steppin’ closer your Chuck Taylor's soakin’ wet
And you ask me why? Why you so sad?
‘Cause I keep spinnin’ around, spinnin’ around in the wrong direction...
Kick your feet up on the rail you’ve been here before oh yeah I can tell
Your face talkin’ to the sky oh wonderful place to let my high tops air dry
No one can tell we're spinnin’ in a broken carousel
And I ask myself why? Why you so sad?
As we keep spinnin’ around, spinnin’ around in the wrong direction
Oh, I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have a friend like you...