Huge thanks to Tony ‘Bluestone’ Pappas and Carlo ‘Spiderdrum’ Presti for their superb contributions to this original soft rock ballad (links to their pages below). My first ever attempt at creating a track with a vocalist/songwriter turned out way better than I could have hoped.
This definitely was not a case of me creating a backing track and then Tony adding vocals, but a genuine three way collaboration:
Tony first invited me to work with him last year, but it took some time (as with all things with me) to come up with a ballad-y rhythm that I felt was potentially emotional enough for his awesome voice. When I had the basic verse with a couple of melody ideas some weeks ago I ran it by Mr Bluestone for his feedback. Thankfully he liked the concept and suggested I record some additional material for the verse/chorus, which I then did... using a click track. After that I had to spend a lot of time finding and editing a drumbeat that sort of matched the rhythm and song structure I’d come up with - yup, definitely not the way to do it, especially for someone as percussively-challenged as me!
Within a few days, not only did Tony magically produce these great lyrics and a rough edit of his melodic vocal – which literally made my spine shiver when I heard it – he suggested we needed a proper drummer as the track I had chopped around was really not up to par, so volunteered Carlo, who very swiftly did a fantastic job for us using actual microphones and a real drum kit!
With Carlo’s swish stick work and brilliant beats mixed with my newly multi-tracked rhythm takes, I recorded several lead guitar melodies attempting to complement Tony’s awesome emotion-filled vocals, and, with his very helpful feedback, together we created the version you now hear.
I really love the end result and I hope other Soundclouders do too.
To have created this beautiful track with a ‘temporary virtual band’, collaborating with such talent across three continents and thousands of miles apart, is just magical to me – a simple guitarist who usually ‘noodles’ alone in a spare room with no prospect of playing in a real-world band. You can check out Tony and Carlo’s other tracks and profiles here:
If anyone would like the backing track to jam to then please message me. The structure is:
Two verses, chorus, verse, two choruses to the outro.
Verse Chords: D Dm G7 C E7 F F C E7 Am F F C E7 Am Am
Chorus Chords: F Am F Am F C E7 Am F Am F Am F C E7 Am
Outro: F C E7 Am
The pic was taken with my iPhone in my local stomping ground of Phuket from a restaurant: no effects or photoshop - it looked like this. Heavenly!
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