Immersed as I am lately, whenever I get a free time slot for music, in mixing my songs, I've started to develop a growing interest in production values in other people's "babies". It will never be my natural "territory" (I still think the people who obsess with that stuff are either very empty inside or a bit nuts), and I don't think I'll ever be anywhere near that problem some people mention of listening music so "technically" that it spoils the fun. In my case "audio attention" is more like something I have to consciously "switch on", and the moment I forget, I slide quickly back into pure enjoyment (or a generic "meh" if the song is not my cup of tea).
(***Warning - malevolent joke ahead***. On that regard, I had this private joke about Dave Pensado's videos; one great thing about them is that there isn't ever any risk of you getting distracted from the audio lesson by the quality of the compositions (most of the time wimpy pompous pop, with downright embarrassing lyrics)... Ok, ok, maybe I'm just envious because Pensado has a career in music and I'm just a weirdo... :P ).
I was almost about not to write this post because it was originated by a resource I thought I had discovered in this Ultraphonix song, which, relistening now, I may have mistaken. But wherever you make a mistake, there is a teaching that can be shared, and besides, this post is an excuse as good as any to share this beautiful, serene ballad.
I thought Corey Glover's vocals used that trick of multilayering (recording several tracks of exactly the same voice melody, to make the vocals sound stronger), with the variation that, at the end of the sentences, the tracks diverged to do the vocal harmonies. After relistening, I think perhaps the layers in that final part still do unisons, and the harmonies come from added new tracks. I'm not sure. The bad thing is that perhaps I was wrong; the good one is that, therefore, this is something "original" that I can try in some of my songs in the future...
Getting out of audioland, I cannot help by mention what a great vocalist Glover is; I love not only the way he "delivers", but also the natural timbre of his voice (let's say not only he is a virtuoso, but he plays a Stradivarius), and his collected and elegant stage presence. I also love the pick-less guitar arpeggios of George Lynch in this song, which give it such a melancholic "mandolin" feel (Funny, btw, how in this video Lynch looks as if he was going through a bad hangover - sunglasses, keeping a low profile, staying very focused; maybe something done by design for the look of the video? Or maybe it's just that today I feel a bit naughty in the mental associations department...)
I have a guitar and I'm gonna use it