1/2/2018 0 Comments
Hey Everybody! How’s it going? Hope you all are awesomely well! I’ve got more BRAND SPANKING NEW MUSIC FOR YOU ALL TODAY! This latest piece is inspired by the hit HBO show, “The Sopranos”, which starred James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, and Michael Imperioli. I’ve always loved the show from its premise, direction, production, the acting of everyone involved, along with how it’s all executed, but the thing that really makes “The Sopranos” such a great show, in my opinion, is its theme song! The theme song to “The Sopranos” is Alabama 3’s or A3’s song, which became a massive hit once it was used as the theme to this show, “Woke Up This Morning”. I originally didn’t set out to produce something that sounded similar to it, but wouldn’t ya know it... I DID! The construction and creation of this new original instrumental beat composition, which is called, “Steady As She Goes” began with the drums. As most of you, if not all of you know by now, I like to keep my music and compositions SUPER SIMPLE! The first element I wrote, performed, and laid down in this composition was one of the 3 kick drum options from the “Crate Digger” kit in GarageBand. I played a very bouncy, straight ahead pattern to have a solid backbone to build on. From there, I put down a rim shot on the 2nd and 4th beats of everywhere, also from the “Crate Digger” kit. I decided on the rim shot in place of where I would usually place a clap because I thought it sounded better and also just to have something a little different. I think the rim shot just adds that certain “je ne said quoi” to the beat, that little something that’s missing, a little extra oomph, if you will. The last thing I placed in the drum kit to “Steady As She Goes” was the shaker from the “Classic Drum Machine” in a somewhat straightforward, straight ahead, but yet, shuffle pattern, with a bit of a swing feel, and to be honest, I think in terms of the drum kit, those 3 elements are the only thing this latest composition really needs. It’s simple but SUPER SOLID! Truthfully, I couldn’t be happier with it! The main instrumentation elements are the “Supergroup Lead”, which I pitched, I think 2 or 3 octaves lower than what its default setting is. The pattern with the “Supergroup Lead” consist of 8th notes, quarter notes, and a couple half notes and has a sort of REALLY groovy bounce New York/New Jersey feel. Now onto the last part in “Steady As She Goes” was the bass and I wrote and performed this bass part to compliment the “Supergroup Lead” part. The bass patch that I used was probably one of my most favourite bass patches from GarageBand, the “Car Horn Bass”. With the bass part, I wrote and played some quarter and half notes tied together as a kind of call and answer to the “Supergroup Lead” part and I think it just makes the composition just that much better! It brings it together full circle, makes it complete! I hope you all enjoy this composition, along with everything else I create, write, perform, and produce. That’s the story of my latest release, “Steady As She Goes”. If you enjoy what you see and hear, then PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL to keep up with my latest releases and goings on! Thanks everybody! Talk to you all again soon!
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Hi there! My name is Leigh Dickey. I am an Entertainer, Host, Speaker, Voice Over Artist, and Producer who has been delighting audiences since 1995. I have extensive experience in both the radio and television industries, as well. Welcome to my blog. Here you will find personal stories from my life, my career, and pretty much anything that comes across my mind. Thanks for stopping by.