Episode #15: This World Offers You – (Song at 5:24, 19:36, 28:47)
A bit of fun this week, a departure in music style… I won’t give too much away.
Go behind the scenes, get the inside ‘goss’ on how the song came to be, how it got recorded, what it’s about.
This song, number 34, written in 1998, is from the first ever album by myself and Paul Dredge (NZ) – an independent release of about 20 cassettes!
This was the 1st time we got to use a 4 track recorder, a drum machine and reverb FX. It was a very exciting time for us. We set up the studio in the house I was sharing, and taught ourselves how to record a song. It was the beginning of the path for me of learning how arrange songs.
This has lead to solo piano, piano/vocal, folk rock and rock being my favourite genres.
This World Is …. something else. There are actually 3 versions of the song on this episode (well, one full and 2 abbreviated versions). I don’t think this is the end of the road for this song – the Pascoe band played a very ‘up’ rock version earlier this year. I think we’ll have to record another version sometime.
This show is not a high brow ‘exclusive’ sort of presentation. This is a show for anyone. You don’t need to know anything about music theory. But if you like music – here’s another new song – and there’s one every week.
So if you’re up for bit of entertainment and information, tune in, sit back and hear a little bit about how a song-writer / arranger thinks.
Also, if you know someone who might be interested – this episode, like every episode – has tips on songwriting and arranging – tips from someone who’s learnt by making a lot of mistakes and someone who’s still learning.
There’s the usual humour, it’s delivered in a relaxed manner, with a sense of discovery, as I look back through the years and the memories come to mind as I talk.
I explore the lyrics – a bit of analysis and some of the musical aspects of the arrangements.
Also there’s anecdotes from my past – in this case I recount a visit (as a youngster) to a club to play snooker…