Almost five years ago now I wrote a song that was later titled “Tailspin”. The first time I ever performed the song live was at a little show at the University theater up in SLC, UT as an encore piece. It was definitely unrehearsed, and we were leaping into the deep by letting it fly live. Here is that old version so long ago https://youtu.be/LLy_mjqJqm4
Now don’t judge the vocals! When you know that I had completely lost my voice the day before and by the grace of God and Vix lozenges made it to the show to sing you’d be high fivin’ me. The arrangement of this piece was simple that day, just a little bass, cello, and some light percussion. The words at that time were not yet solidified but there for the most part, and the the arrangement was tentative with a love for the basic melody structure. I was excited to imagine the possibilities of where this song could go if only I could get it there, and the warm reception of the crowd that day and those who approached me expressing a love for it was encouraging enough to pursue a finished project.
Before I tell you too much about the beginning, let’s start with the end of this story shall we? The end, or the big news rather, is that the song is produced, mixed, and mastered. No more changes, no more hemming an hollering over the little details probably nobody will ever notice and only I’m possessed with. It is ready to live the way it was created to live. That my friends to every songwriting musician is a dream come true. The second dream come true is that it does something to you and for you the way it has for me over the years.
Before I let you hear the song I want to include you on the journey of its genesis. I want you to be part of my world, if you care to, for a few brief seconds and watch how much a song can change from original conception to final production. I want you to see how incredibly genius a great producer can be for a simple piece with only basic frame work in place, and how their ability and skill can create amazing transformations. Todays blog is just an introduction into the old so you can become familiar with the song. The next time we meet I’ll show you a more recent show where the production changed yet again and introduce you to the producer who flipped this in the direction I always wanted and hoped it would go.
Until later my friends…be cool.