12/19/2017 3 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! A new original instrumental beat composition inspired by one of the most popular and longest running shows in daytime television, “The Young and the Restless”. The piece is entitled “Genoa”, and its title is taken from the fictional city where “The Young and the Restless” is set. I created, wrote, performed, and produced it in what I would consider being in the same vein as “Nadia’s Theme”, which was written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. in 1971 and has been used as the theme to “The Young and the Restless”, since it hit the airwaves in March of 1973.
The composition began with a classical piano patch in GarageBand that I pitched up an octave or two. The classical piano was a scale played as a bunch of eighth notes, and underneath that I laid down a single chord using a grand piano patch, played in a couple different ways, which was lowered an octave. I think that both piano patches and parts fit together real well. The classical piano eighth note scale part has a sort of medium, yet upbeat feel all at the same time. The chord I played on the grand piano patch has a happy, mellow, and smooth feel, which I think only compliments the classical piano, something like left hand, right hand, or peanut butter and jelly, THEY JUST GO TOGETHER AND WORK REAL, REAL, WELL! So, short answer for that, I’M SUPER HAPPY!
I decided not to use a bass line in this composition because the composition that this new piece is inspired by and used as the theme to “The Young and the Restless, “Nadia’s Theme” doesn’t have or use a bass line, and for what it is, it’s an awesome piece all on its own! So, that’s why I didn’t use a bass line in this new composition entitled, “Genoa”.
The next step in this new instrumental beat composition was, what most, if not everybody, including myself would consider the most important part to any musical piece, THE DRUMS! I started on the drums with a kick drum from the “Dembow” kit in GarargeBand. The pattern is pretty straightforward, quarter notes on every beat of every bar, except for skipping the second beat every 2 bars, and the the first beats of the fourth, sixth, and eighth bars respectively. The next part to the “Genoa” drum kit was a snare drum from the “Electronic Pop” kit, where it’s played and placed on every second beat as a quarter note, and then played as an eighth note on the last beat of the fourth and eighth bars. From there, I added the shaker from the “Classic Drum Machine” kit, written and played with a lot of shuffle and consisting of a ton of eighth and sixteenth note triplets. Finally, the last piece to the “Genoa” drum kit was a tambourine played in the same pattern as the kick drum from the “Dembow” kit, just to act as an accenting point on the whole composition.
I think every element of this new instrumental beat composition, “Genoa”, which is inspired by “The Young and the Restless” and it’s theme, “Nadia’s Theme”, fits, works, and goes together, REALLY, REALLY WELL, and it’s one of the pieces and compositions that I am most proud of! So, I hope you all enjoy, “Genoa”, and if you like 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.