“In A Row Boat With You” – listen:
Written for a client that wanted a mellow unz-unz-unzy house feel, I was happy that the direction went towards the guitars being up front in the mix.
This track was made for a video that had late visual changes (locked picture is usually still a couple revisions away from being locked :), and in order to make the music work with the adjusted visuals, I dropped a beat near the midsection — there are some reverse cymbals that signal this change, and then you hear beat 4 of a measure turn into beat 1 of the next.
Playing the music is way more fun than programming it. Synths don’t bring me joy. I’m best setup for tracking guitars, so I’m gonna remain guitar-centric in my recording approach.
As a rule of thumb, I want to use virtual instruments mainly as texture under live-tracked instruments.
It’s fun to interpret keyboard-based songs on guitar–the end destination is always surprising.
Here’s the initial idea at the rhodes:
Donaji’s drawn lyrics of the tune:
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