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