The genesis for this piece goes back to when I was trying to figure out what my daughter was going to sing for our annual Christmas song. She had expressed an interest in getting her twin cousins involved again and, having heard them do a 3 part harmony last year that they recorded on YouTube (can’t find the link), I was going for something Andrews Sisters-ish. Then it slowly morphed into something slower and finally more jazz-y.
After the music was done, I was inspired to think of tragic love stories. One theme in particular kept coming to mind: the one where the forlorn woman looks at the man that she interacts with on a friendship basis, longing to tell him how much she is actually in love with him.
Kenny Zarider played fantastic e-piano track on a suitcase Rhodes that he picked up just as I finished the guitar and bass tracks.
Wim Koopman provided yet another great sax solo.
And the daughter in law of our own Mark Petruzzi sang the vocals. I’m ecstatic to be working with Leslie, because her own recorded work is very, very good.
All I wanna do is be with you
Stand by your side that’s what I’m gonna do
But if you never see
Exactly what you mean to me
How you’ll never know
That I am so alone
All I wanna do is lie with you
All throughout the night make your dreams come true
But if you never hear
The words I whisper in your ear
Those words will rush away
Oh baby make them stay
All I wanna do is marry you
Stand by your side no matter where the ride takes us to
But if you never say
The words I long to hear each day
You’ll make my heart so blue
I don’t know what to do
Cause that’s all I wanna do
Guitar: Ibanez 1981 Artist > EnVoice MindPrint II > Guitar Rig Pro 5 > Cubase
Bass: Cort 5 string fretless > EnVoice MindPrint II > Guitar Rig Pro 5 > Cubase
Drums: Jamstix 3 > Battery 4 > Cubase
Other than stock plugs, I did use Melodyne for several tracks, especially to correct pitch issues on the bass track since I’m not yet as accurate as I want to be on a fretless; SoundToys Little Microshift; and Native Instruments Supercharger.
I’m pleased as punch with this song.
Doug (TwighlightSong) pointed out that the stirfry is too monotonous, and I trust his opinion. The Full Jazz Kit in Battery normally has more of a pulsing nature to it, so I don’t know why this isn’t evident.