Musicians can arrange a song in so many beautiful ways. I've included videos of three versions of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's “Goin' Back” to illustrate this point.
In 2001, I released my first album, Disappointment and Delight. It was a collection of instrumental improvisations that I had layered with additional instruments for several years. Eventually, I found the courage to put it out as a CD. (Yes, compact discs still existed in those days. 😆)
I still remember a day two years later when a friend asked me if she could use a particular piece for a dance performance. Though I had worked for years to complete the album, I had to break the shrink-wrap on one of the CDs in order to listen to how that piece sounded. It felt very odd and even a little sad that I was so disconnected from my own music-making.
Forward and Back
Though my current project — an album of songs this time — is very fresh, I've started to go back over the songs. In nearly every one, I've found traces of my ongoing story: my personal journey; my development as a digital recording artist; my experience with my own voice and the other instruments I use; and more. Additionally, I have found a few things that I want to add or subtract from some of the arrangements.
Reviewing the songs for my “Dream This” album has also verified my interest in crowdsourcing a choir on one of the last two songs. My plan is to include a local choir and the improv ensemble Out Of The Blue. Plus, there are a number of people who have joined in either locally or from faraway to add their voices. I'm very excited about this “choir”.
Besides being enthused about this album content, I am very happy that I'm donating all proceeds to ChildHelp. And I appreciate all of you who contribute to the prevention of child abuse and care for children. Thank you.
Since I released my first album, I've learned a lot about self-reflection and review of my own creations. And still, I have so much I am learning.