This entry was taken from October 28th, 2011. We were reworking the verses on Chemical Reaction. If you were curious about what that piano sound on the verses was, you can see it in the picture below. I remember this day well…
It’s been a great week so far here with Darren and Stacy. Looks like we may have finally come up with a name for this project, but I will wait until it’s official to announce. They got here on my birthday (best gift ever!) but as the first day of working went on, my ever so slight ear-itation turned into a full fledged ear infection. Mostly better now! As always, I’ve been taking lots of pictures of our process. Here are a few from yesterday:
Back to work! By the way, I’m posting lots of this stuff in my Instagram as well. Thanks for reading!
(Above photos by Miguel Escobar)
(Above photo by Aaron Tamayo)
Hard Rock Cafe
(Above photos by Krystle Miller)
I have SO many things to blog this week, I’ll do my best to get caught up again. Thanks to everyone who came out to our shows this week, and a special thanks to those of you who took pictures! Got several more shows to go too! Thanks for reading.
Well friends, it’s my last day in Springfield for a while. Got a lot of exciting things coming up this month with Sucré, and I hope that a lot of you will be a part of it! The first Sucré album will be released in less than a week. If you like to hear samples of every song on the album, you can do so here .
Did I mention that Elsie is going to be joining us on this tour? She is. She will be at every show with us, cheering us on. That’s all for now. I’ve gotta a full day or running errands. Thanks for reading.
(In case you didn’t hear, Sucré has a new song posted on our Facebook Page! This post is about the making of that song.)
As I mentioned before, Hiding Out was the first song Sucré ever worked on together. At the time, there was not a name for the band, and the idea of it being a band, hadn’t fully been discussed. Of course it was a dream of mine to work with Darren and Stacy, but we all basically tried to play it cool for a while. But this all started when she sent me a track of her vocals. Someday, I’ll try to dig it up and show you where the song started. I believe it was just a vocal, and perhaps some kind of keyboard cello.
I think I first started writing the guitar that you hear on the verse. It of course is my old Silvertone nylon string acoustic. I started messing with trying to create a guitar part that seemed to sway back and forth- much like the vocal and background vocals. I used my Trident 4T channel strip, and squashed the hell out of it, while also cutting out all frequencies above 5k, and everything below 200hz. After completing this initial stage, I knew the song was going to be my favorite song I’d ever worked on.
After writing the first verse, I wanted to “feel” a little more space where it came in. So I started crafting an intro that would rise, getting louder and louder until the bottom drops out on the downbeat of the first verse. In many ways, the intro of this song only exists to serve the first verse- and I believe the contrast between the two is magical. Am I allowed to call something I recorded “magical”???
The first chorus is fairly straightforward.
It didn’t seem right that the second verse should just go back to the lull of the first verse. So I changed to a 6/8 beat there, and played a pattern on the Silvertone that had a lot more movement to it. Darren more recently added all of the epic timpani that you hear on this verse. Seen below:
But I believe the most vital part to this whole arrangement, is Stacy’s voice. And yes, that is probably true with every song we write, but I’m talking more about the background vocals and harmonies. The “oooh’s” that you hear on the verse’s are so elegant and simple, but the song couldn’t stand without them.
When we were recording the harmonies for the chorus, I remember laying down a first and second harmony, and wanting to call it “done”. But Stacy insisted that she had a few more to add in to the words “Hiding out, hiding out” on the chorus. It seemed a little unnecessary to have a six part harmony on one line, but we tracked it anyway. But those harmonies now make up the climax of the whole song, as well as one of the most beautiful moments on the entire album. I’ve very proud of this one.
We thought we’d surprise you all today with a new Sucré song! It’s actually not that new, as it is the first song Stacy and I worked on together. You can use the link here:
Or you can “Like” us on Facebook to download the song! Please tell us what you think!!