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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

Free download here until it reaches the download limit.

It is a miracle that I finished this song. Between the complexity of my arrangement and the four hundred billion computer crashes, it marks the single most stressful moments in this entire project. I was literally in tears this week thinking I would have to start over from scratch. It turns out, there was a corrupt cross-fade in the mix. After an entire frustrating day of transferring everything into a new session, I was finally able to mix it down.

And there was much rejoicing. (yay)

Mixing was also tough. There were so many elements that I wanted to get just right: vocals that mimic the physical action of playing a piano at the beginning, samples from some of my favorite movies (anyone guess what they are?) and most importantly, it needed to be BIG- a Pink Floyd rock anthem of vocals, if you will. This song also has my highest vocals in the project. I often use the computer to lower my voice by an octave, but raising the pitch is a one-way ticket to Chipmunksylvania. You just have to sing it. At the end of the song, the high note is a D, two octaves above middle C.

From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to dedicate the song to a particular woman who is a big inspiration to me. I am eternally in awe of her vocals and the way she doesn't just wear her heart on her sleeve, she rips open her chest to let you see where her heart lives. Morrissey and David Bowie have both requested to work with her. She speaks her mind, she's bold, witty, inventive, an amazing clothing designer, and to my delight, a wonderfully sweet human being as well. It has been a pleasure to get to know her through my project.

Miss Kristeen Young, this song is for you.


Kristeen Young with the one and only Morrissey

6 comments:

  1. This is an achievement you should be very, very proud of. Simply incredible in every way imaginable. You keep getting more and more daring and it keeps paying off in big ways. Never think that your craft, your time, talents, and efforts are not appreciated. You are single-handedly making me not look forward to 2011.

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  2. duuuuuuuuuuuuude! there are no words.

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  3. Cameron, do not despair! I have some great projects lined up for next year so this is definitely not the last you will hear from me. :)

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  4. That sample at the very end. It's Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window?

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  5. You are correct, Simon! Rear Window is one of my favorite movies. The sample of a woman at the beginning is the dating questionnaire from Harold and Maude, and the crowd noise/woman screaming is from the angry mob scene in Young Frankenstein.

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