MUSICIANS: Here is a new Instrumental Request for our "What They Say" track. CONTRIBUTE HERE
“What They Say” Additional Instruments Request
We’re really excited by how this song has come together so far. But we’re missing one key instrument, for sure...Guitar. And then, we’d like to invite the community to add whatever other instrumental parts they might be hearing for this song.
HERE is the current reference mix to play along with, and
HERE is the same mix, without vocals, in case it's helpful.
HERE is a zip which includes a click track, a mix with the click lead-in as well as in the opening section, and MIDI tempo information (there are a few tempo changes at the top, and at the end)
We’re looking for a rhythm part here. For starters, we definitely want a clean tone, playing the chords pretty straight...Probably playing something very similar to the piano part, maybe rolling the chords a little(?) Something traditional and classic like that. Beyond that, maybe a similarly clean tone, playing a more muted or tight chordal part, which we can either add to the first, or alternate between the two for various sections. So, if you’re inclined to play one, it’d be awesome if you can play the other, as well.
In addition to that, maybe the guitar chords open up into a full, long strum for the second half of the verses (“excuse us, we’ll be going now…”, etc). Probably something where the main, big chord hits on the “1” of the bar and rings to the end (maybe with a little something at the end to come back to the next downbeat)...Nothing too busy, more like a blooming chord to open this part up a little.
And then, even though it’s not traditional to this kind of track, maybe a more rocking tone would be fun to try(?) Probably more appropriate in the second half of the verses and in the instrumental sections. The only direction I might suggest is to think of the part less as a “RAWK” part (even if the tone might imply it), but rather as a rhythm part which makes the track pop a bit where it comes in. Maybe it’s about coming up with a line or two, also. Just kinda NOT looking for big long-held chords, cuz I think that will make it too rock, as opposed to fresh...Although if you’re inclined to try that, maybe I’ll be proven wrong : )
We’re gonna open this up to the community’s imagination. Any other parts you’re thinking of?
It seems obvious that a song like this could do with horns. Our core group here has been saying amongst ourselves during the production of the song that we’re shying away from horns, for fear that it might come off as too glammy (for lack of a better word); That said tho, a great sax (or sax section) part, particularly including baritone, might be just the ticket. The key would be for the part to be mainly punches and short notes, played with a lot of bite, rather than a complex arrangement of countermelodies and such.
Strings are also a possibility. That, however, requires a fairly big section to get the classic sound which would fit with this track. It’s a possibility, if someone wrote a great string part, that we’d then offer it up to our community of talented violin players to play.
Beyond that though, we’re inviting you to come with whatever you’re hearing. We’re not against something unexpected, like programmed drum adds, synth parts, or something that’s otherwise totally not in-keeping with this classic sound, in order to contemporize it. We’ve been seeing it as a traditional record, as opposed to an ‘old-meets-new’ sound, but that’s not written in stone; Good is good, ya know? : )
The important idea to follow is that whatever you add should sound like either something that would have been played on a track like this in the early ‘60s, or something that adds a layer of modern ‘badness’ (‘bad’ meaning ‘good’), without being kitschy or cute (“Hey, look! See what we did? We made a ‘60s pop record sound like something today’s kids will like, too!”) It’s a tricky balance...And if that notion doesn’t make sense to you, or sounds contradictory, don’t overthink it. Just play whatever you’re feeling : )
As always, please contribute your parts as both a stereo mix with your part mixed in for reference, so everyone can hear it, and then your individual tracks (in a zip, if there are a few), dry (no reverb or effects, unless they’re adding an important component to the overall sound), with no backing tracks behind them.
Here's an instrumental version of the current mix for you to play along with, if it's helpful to hear it with no vocals. Tempo is 145 BPM (once the drums come in). There's a 2-bar lead-in count, in case you want to come in right at the top.