Today (2/2/2019) is the 15th anniversary of losing a good friend. This is about that.
Apologies if my pronunciation bothers anyone. I'm clearly not Jewish, but my friend was and I mean nothing but respect in borrowing the term, "L'chaim!"
As I said in response to @mikeskliar:
"I thought about re-tracking it and going more 'correct,' [as I did at the end] but I decided that shifting to it at the end better showed that I really felt out of my element using the term, but eventually grew to understand/embrace it. A little bit of ret-conning, but I like it."
I had planned on this just being acoustic/vocal, but as I listened, it seemed to want some filler, thus the electric.
Very demo. Very rough. Very much still can't sing. So it goes.
Some production notes:
Acoustic guitar: Martin D1 close-mic'd with a SM57 - mostly left and 'room' mic's with a MXL 990 panned mostly right.
Vocal mic is the SM57 as well.
Electric guitar is a cheap Les Paul "Melody Maker" w/ P90s into an ElevenRack (‘64 Black Vib - no FX).
Tracked/mixed in Reaper
Reverb on close-acoustic and vocals is EPSi convolution reverb ("St. Nicholas Church" IR).
Reverb on room acoustic and automated on some of the electric is the Valhalla Shimmer plugin based off the Deep Blue preset.
Various subtle EQ/compression/gating applied.
I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since we lost you, Mikey.
Your name lives on in my first-born.
You've now been gone far longer then I knew you.
The memories fade, but the emptiness lingers on.
A toast, to life.
The life that lives on in those memories.
The life cut short way too short.
The life which awaits the faithful.
The life that moves on without you.