—love with your ears
it’s a first draft. i’ll explain it in greater detail later. i just wanted to throw it out there. thoughts??
MY ANACONDA DON’T WANT NONE if you say no, because I respect your boundaries.
‘CAUSE I’M LONG, AND STRONG
AND I’M DOWN TO GET THE FRICTION ON as long as it’s okay with you. otherwise I’m good with a movie and some tea.
SO LADIES, LADIES, IF YOU WANNA ROLL IN MY MERCEDES please let me know ahead of time so that I can plan accordingly
BABY GOT self-respect
YEAH, BABY; WHEN IT COMES TO FEMALES, COSMO AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ TO DO WITH MY SELECTION. 36-24-36? HAHA, only if you’re obsessed with physical appearances and believe that socially constructed ideals of beauty mean more than personality and an emotional connection
BABY, I WANNA GET WIT CHA, AND TAKE YO PICTCHA because your fashion sense is impeccable and I admire your capability for accessorizing as well as your witty response to my request.
SO COSMO SAYS YOU’RE FAT, BUT I AIN’T DOWN WITH THAT because every person on this planet is beautiful in their own way, and nobody should be made to feel uncomfortable in their own skin.
CUZ YOUR WAIST IS SMALL AND YOUR CURVES ARE KICKIN’ AND I’M THINKIN’ ‘BOUT STICKIN’ with you, but mainly because of your wonderful personality and awesome sense of humor. you’re beautiful inside and out - and the first is of utmost importance.
MY HOMEBOYS TRIED TO WARN ME, BUT they are basing their opinions on strictly superficial reasons. I’m sure if they hung out with you for a while, they’d see that you are an engrossing conversationalist on a wide range of fascinating subjects with an insane, subversive, sharp sense of humour. They’d see that you are kind and generous and infectiously passionate about the things you love, and that MAKES ME SO HORNY
CAN ALL OF YOU MARRY ME? SERIOUSLY MARRY ME, I LOVE YOU ALL.
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song lyrics are allowed on my blog. it’s relevant.
it’s called windows. the point is to change it as much as possible by the end. had fun doing it!
the way i feel about this recording is how i imagine my parents felt about me that one time i almost peed myself [using “almost” very loosely, here] when i was supposed to sing at some church thing and ended up running up to the stage with my zipper down*…
it’s flawed, but it’s my baby.
i realize i should have thought to change pronouns at one point. whatever, i’ve already been yelled at for arguing semantics when it comes to transpeople. him/her/whatever. also, this turned out to be an awkwardly oversung monica-style ad-lib fest. but those background vocals do me proud! ::tapping self on shoulder::
also, i did everything in my power to incorporate as many elements as possible from the namesake Real Life song from which i’ve sampled and taken very distinct inspiration. including the chorus lyrics. except for that one really annoying sound in the original.
i’ve been quite deliberate about making fun of the BerkleeScoop™ [you know, taking all of an eigth-note to start a good step below the note that’s actually the melody, ‘cause it was cute that time kierra sheard did it], consider this my documentation thereof. if you’re offended, fix your singing. even kierra’s moved on. [which reminds me, stay tuned for my take on the new ‘mini-vibrato’ that’s all the rage!]
*or that time i smugly strutted from a stage at a junior-talent competition, 1st place trophy in hand, and learned swiftly how my wooden soles would interact with the old level loop carpeting on the stairs. google it; i did.
Superpowers! «that there’s the song.
a friend of mine [the same one who called out the sad lyrics and challenged me to try positive topics. ::rashad::] called out the fact that i find a certain comfort in midtempo grooves. my songs were never actually slow or fast. there were slower midtempo ‘ballads’ and everything else sat comfortably between about 85 and 100 bpm. so i aimed for maybe 112 [still slow by today’s techno standards]. if i remember correctly, by the time this was done, i’d forced myself to speed it up a solid 3 or 4 times to approaching 120. i don’t even remember if i got it all the way there, but i may have..
BECAUSE timbaland and timberlake mandated in 2006 that the saw wave [my love] would rule the next 5 or so years, i figured i’d just start there with a chord progression that came from god knows where. but i like it.
9th wonder does the whole filter-things-through-the-verses thing, so i tried it. had to also force myself to allow a few more highs through the verses/choruses altogether. trust me, i’m not gonna be the next will-i-am. there’s something to be said for moderation.
drums: usual 808 fare. usual clap with reverb. ’cause i like it. because i have this thing about making everything “big” in some subtle sense, there’s [if i remember correctly, again] a cello where it counts. i seriously love songs that manage to squeeze in a solo cello. i’ll figure out how to articulate why later. there’s some banging, and i’m pretty sure it’s a floor tom with heavy lows and reverb trailing it. big. oh and because every cake needs its icing [i hate icing and sweets in general, but if you ever tasted my mom’s carrot cake and the cream cheese icing that belongs on top, you’ve tasted oven-baked happiness] there’s that nice little church bell motif at the end.
that portion is dedicated specifically to grandma bowman’s memory. she gave me piano lessons, and upon her passing, the very piano on which i took those lessons. and nothing is clearer to me than the memory of how hideous her church bell doorbell sounded when we visited pembroke pines and wondering why on god’s earth someone needed a doorbell that takes that long to finish. but it’s the good ol’ [i’ll find the name and edit this] modified slightly, as to not completely bite what might be a melody under copyright or something.
i wrote the bridge the day of. i love basing bridges on random little elements in the music; sometimes the track really writes the song for me! this time it was the piano. and it also fit nicely within the timing of the chorus towards the end, so i like it. i also love using the voice as a pad [which i did], ‘cause it’s the one patch NO OTHER PRODUCER ON EARTH will ever be able to get their hands on without paying me :-)
i don’t follow hockey, but those pucks sure do move, don’t they? um, i researched the highest flying airplane to make that happen. in fact, this song took more research and brainstorming than anything i’ve ever written.
background vocals in straight tone. veeeery controlled vibrato, down to which specific tracks even employ it and when. makes for a more streamlined mix, imho.
i like the sense of space a little delay on chorus vocal provides, so i did it. i don’t think i got too creative aside from that when it came to mixing this because oh hey, new computer: no logic. no protools. no DP. no record. not going to use garage band. hunted online for something of the open source variety [thanks renatta :-)] and found http://ardour.org/ and it was good. honestly, if i know what i want, and how to make it happen, it doesn’t matter the software i’m using to mix it. that’s like saying one stove makes your food taste better than the other. no, you just can’t cook.
anyway, that’s all i’ve got for now, but this is a tumblr, and this explanation has been the very point of my tumblr. hope you found it enlightening or just interesting. thanks!
—Superpowers [Mix 4]
it’s called superpowers. been sitting on this for too long. wrote something better recently, anyway. shoutout to jack & marsha for making it happen. i hope you all like it