All Wrong // me
Continuing the fun from last night. When Seth first proposed the idea, I knew exactly which song I wanted to do. It was “All Wrong” by Dave’s band Down The Line, the band he joined after The Good was frozen in carbonite.
And upon telling my in-the-know friends about this, they all had the same reaction: assuming I’d suffered some kind of profound neurological damage. Because while I am known for many musical abilities, singing is not high on the list, and Levi Britton, the lead singer on this track, is an unbelievable, megatalented freak of nature. Truly one of the best voices I have ever heard. Skillful, soulful, kind of ridiculous and unfair. Here’s the original if you don’t believe me.
But I loved the song, and, dammit, that was what I was going to do. So I listened to it in detail a few times, really breaking it down for structure, teasing out the harmony parts. I had originally planned to do kind of a Foo Fighters-ish treatment of it, maybe starting off slow and then kicking in with a wild (programmed) drum part and loud guitars.
As I listened, though, I realized my friends were right. I had no business, none, trying to follow this vocal performance with any of my own. I sat here, kind of despairing. I love the song and had already committed, but was in a box of my own making.
And it hit me. I had just finished scoring Leo On Ice and was feeling good about my orchestration skills, so I fired up Finale and, on a whim, opened the template for a full symphonic arrangement. And then over the next few days, that’s exactly what I banged out. Since the Garritan samples that come with Finale are so good, I didn’t even need to worry about finding a symphony to record, I just used the output from the application. I did bring it into Logic for mastering afterward. But I’m very happy with the result, especially since I never had to open my mouth and squawk out any sounds.
If you are curious, here is the full score.