Song: Everything – reworked

 

This took longer than intended (as usual) but I finally have the reworked version of the song My Everything ready. I came up with this alternative version when I was getting ready to record the original. I’ve become quite a fan of the tv show Live at Dary’s House over the last year & I thought, what would they do with this song. If you’re not familiar with the show, it is Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates fame) & his band & they have famous artists come over to his beautiful house in upstate New York to play each others songs. I’ve never really been a Hall & Oates fan, although I’ve become familiar & fond of their work through the show.  The show is great tv for me, the musicianship & just seeing people have a good time with their music is very enjoyable to me. Thursday nights on Palladia if you’re interested.

keys

So trying to make it a little more upbeat I reworked the chord progression & harmony. I added some keyboard parts, not my forte as you can see, but I wanted to add that depth to give it a little more of that Philly soul sound than guitars alone could allow. There could be more done with the arrangement but my limited experience in full compositions came to the fore. This has taken about 2 months to get to this point, unfortunately that included prolonged periods of down time, not touching the project, various reasons for that but I’m not going into that today.

Everything Remix Tracking

There were more technical challenges with this recording than with anything previous. I pushed the limits of my system pretty hard. I had the mix upto 28 tracks, causing latency issues, jittering & digital distortion problems. It was workable though doing some track freezing (bouncing) & effect bypasses.

Everything Remix Mixer

(I finally figured out how to get the ezdrummer channels on separate tracks – happy days)

It might not sound professional, but some of the things I’ve learnt over the last couple of months helped a lot with polishing this & getting a much better defined mix. I enjoyed the process of reworking my own song, I have to be honest though, I still prefer the original. I actually have a better mix for that now than the one I initially put out, I’d swap it out in Soundcloud but you have to pay for that feature & I’m not that bothered, it sounds better, but not that much 🙂

 

This is the original, more country version

Thanks for reading & even more so for listening.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Song: Everything – reworked

  1. Twiggster

    Whilst you no doubt had fun doing the new version, it sounds so cluttered and sterile mate. Much prefer the original. From the heart in its simplicity and easier on the ears!
    That comment from my simple heart! 🙂

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  2. Twiggster

    Sorry to put down your remade version as you have put a lot of work into it, but as a musician and producer I have to say I got lost in the new version…just too much going on? Possibly remix it with someone who can look at it in a total and neutral way, rather than your way? I’d love to try cos I like this song a lot, but I don’t have your studio set up.
    With every music production, it’s a case of “what can I leave out”, rather than “what more can I possibly squeeze in”. T’owd lad knows, that knows! 🙂

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    1. Chris Ludbrook Post author

      I know what you are saying. I think it was a case of learning so many new things at the same time & wanting to cram them all in together. That and trying to work with a style that is really different to anything I’ve ever done before.

      Still, all good fun, hopefully one day this will be looked back at as a stepping stone to some quality home productions.

      I really appreciate the feedback BTW!

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  3. firebrandnotes

    I like that you’re having fun with this and experimenting – that means you’re getting closer to writing/recording your best song yet! And, for what it’s worth, it’s a happy song!

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