The new video “Sunshine” is out! For this video I used all the 3 clones of Mi Mi Mi. Watch here:

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A new camera and a new draft music video

Just bought myself a new “toy”: a GoPro Hero3 camera (silver edition).
hero3 cam

And did the first shooting test on a cloudy day, cycling on the river, with the camera mounted on a head strap, then on the wrist and finally held in hand.
Applied some after effects in Sony Vegas, and of course, in the background two of my rockish instrumentals.
Enjoy!

 

 

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!

The new music video – My Voice (Japanese-English project with Hitomi)