The Roads Go Down

Musicam novam præsento. I thought it would be nice to record a version of this Johnny Coppin song, which I often sing in tribute to my friend Ian Brain, who died in 1998. I hadn’t recorded a lead vocal before, and my voice is meager and pitchy, so this was really a leap, but I think it turned out well. I pushed myself to do the vocal harmony break and I’m especially proud of that.

The principal guitars are three acoustics (one track each of Dreadnought and J200, panned center, and two tracks of 12-string, panned hard left/right) with no reverb or effects; the solo (from the J200) has a little compression and a stereo delay (1/4 on the left, 1/16 on the right, each with feedback set to 15%). The lead vocal is triple-tracked, compressed, and fed into reverb, and there’s a backing vocal (harmonized in the first verse) an octave below without any effects. Lastly, the keyboards were a Kurzweil K2000 and Micropiano, and a few VSTs. Not bad at all for someone who’s not a singer.