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ALBUM NR. 5

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This is my 5th album this decade: 32 songs (11 with vocals and 21 instrumentals). It took 1 year to compose, record and produce and now it is on iTunes and other major digital stores. Or, you can listen to a selection of songs on this YouTube playlist. Hope you like it and share it!

Acesta este al cincilea album al meu din acest deceniu: 32 de cântece (11 cu voce şi 21 instrumentale). Un an de compus, înregistrat şi produs, iar acum e în sfârşit pe iTunes şi pe alte magazine digitale. Sau puteţi asculta o selecţie de cântece la acest playlist de pe YouTube. Sper să vă placă şi să daţi mai departe!

 

How I wrote the song “LAY DOWN”

LAY DOWN

Something strange happened with this song: just a few hours after I posted on my music licensing account and shared it on my modest Facebook account, it gathered almost 1300 listens!

cut from music license

 

 

It never happened to any of my songs and I don’t know what caused that, but I felt that I need to create quickly a video to put the song on YouTube…and to write some lines about this song’s story.

RIFF, FIRST LINE, CHORUS EFFECT

3 elements are at the origin of the song “Lay Down”:
First, it was the riff on the chords of A major and B minor, resolved in E major: simple, a little atmospheric and definitely rhytmical.
Then, the first verse of the song came naturally, matching the riff and the dark-sensual feeling that it creates:

“Lay down next to me/You’re in a place where you can be/Free, like a flying bird in the sky…”

Actually, in the first version, the last line was

“Free, like a fxxxing bird in the sky”,

but later I decided that the profanity (although sexy, and maybe catchy) doesn’t go well with the rest of the song.

effect chorus
Finally, the third element is the chorus effect on the acoustic guitar. It’s an SineChorus  effect that I found after about an hour of tweaking on my LinePort 37KB software, and it seemed to fill perfectly the musical space of the song.

 

This was a song on which the rest of the elements came relatively quickly: I wrote the rest of the lyrics (based on the idea that one meeting between two lovers can be definitory for the rest of their lives, if they let themselves go and trust their instincts) during one night of pacing around in my dark living room; and the simple, low-key organ part was created and recorded almost instantly on Ableton Live.

THE VIDEO

Because I wanted to avoid another video with me crooning and playing the guitar, I searched my aleatory video archives of my past trips and I found some footage taken on a train trip to Izu peninsula, near Tokyo. I think the smoothness of that train ride fits the cozy atmosphere of the song.
I added a little Black&White effect and some Color Corector in Sony Vegas, added the lyrics and … here it is!
Enjoy “LAY DOWN”!

The new song: “Christmas Everyday”, with Koma

It’s not your typical Christmas song, you know, Santa and reindeer and misletoe etc. It’s rather a bow of gratitude to everything that our dear ones do for us everyday. Christmas shouldn’t be the only special day when we remember to thank them. We must do this everyday.

But on Christmas night…you know…there’s something magical in the air, with all the lights and carols and decorations…and we are more inclined to express our love.

This is what this ballad is about.

I recorded with my young Japanese violonist friend Koma and we filmed the video in the beautiful Tokyo and Ichikawa.

Enjoy in HD (720p) on YouTube!

Merry Christmas!

Working on the new music video

These days I’m getting closer to finishing a new music video. It’s a Japanese-English project that I’m doing with Hitomi, a very talented Japanese singer.

For this project I transformed my rock song “My Voice” into a kind of pop song, to adapt it to Hitomi’s style.

Also, we filmed in my studio and on the streets of Tokyo for a music video for this song. Here are 2 frames from the this new video:

with Hitomi in studio shot mobile phone

New music video – Alive

Take a walk with me in Tokyo in my new music video!