Today Byron came over so we could start recording some versions of pop songs we’re crazy about. Our arrangements are wired for pure indulgence, pure
sonic enjoyment – and hopefully the art just happens. We started with Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” with a windy spring rain happening outside
the door open to the courtyard. I programmed a simple beat. He added a bass line. After he left I stuck around and added lap steels, voices, synths.
My first synth solo (yes, both the pitch and modulation wheels were employed), paired with a lap steel solo. Pure sonic indulgence. I kinda love how it turned out. Maybe I’ll start posting snippets here, as we go. Speaking of
synths, a friend forwarded me a notice today that 80s british synth-pop wonder-duo YAZ will reunite to perform some shows in July, along with a release of B-sides. I almost hit the floor! We’ll get to hear Alison Moyet belting over Vince Clark (Erasure, Depeche Mode)’s geniusly programmed pop masterpieces – some could be Motown hits. I was just thinking yesterday how much I wished I could’ve seen them perform live…and wondered whether there was any recorded material besides their two classic albums.