Where do I begin? Not sure. Guess I\'ll wing it.
A buddy of mine, Scott Ennis, emailed me and said, \"I just put a melody to a William Blake poem! I want you to produce it.\"
I wrote back and said, \"I just wrote words to Mozart! And it\'s not \'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.\' Wanna trade?\"
Anyway, he sends me this mp3 of his melody to Blake\'s words, and the melody is not half bad. Kind of traditionally Irish sounding. And so what if Blake\'s English, it\'s all good.
I tell Ennis, \"Sure, I\'ll take this on.\" Toward the end of the production, I get to thinking, \"This turned out pretty well, but I sure wish I had access to GPO, which I ordered five weeks ago. Damn you, Gary Garritan! Why would I ever trust anyone with an alliterative name? Why would I ever trust anyone whose initials sound phonetically like GiGi! Damn you, Gary Garritan! Damn you!\"
Yeah. That\'s what I thought. Bitter? Maybe a tad.
So I email Gary and say, \"Please, please, send me GPO. I swear... I won\'t use it for an Irish melody juxtaposed against a William Blake poem, I swear.\"
Look. I used to be a news reporter. Lying comes second nature to me. So much so, I could have been a lawyer. Instead, I became a song writer. Same gig, less money.
Long story shortened, I finally get GPO and add a cello/viola mix to the part (frankly, I forget the exact combo) and it\'s nothing like the lofty orchestrations I hear at this joint -- but it ain\'t bad, either. In fact, it\'s exactly how I intend to use GPO, i.e., one midi track printed to audio, and so on.
So here\'s the link to the song. Again. I did not write this, only arranged it. Scott Ennis wrote the melody, Blake the words (they\'re a bit dated) and I performed everything else except drums. I got my main man The Ric Furley® to do the kit.
As to my voice... I tried to imitate Bing Crosby. I failed miserably. Dude has round tones I\'ll never achieve. But at least, unlike many of you, I know who Der Bingo is. \"Wait! I know Bing. He\'s the guy who did the TV Christmas specials and ran the golf tournaments...\"
Shut up. Bing is the guy who recorded the most hit songs in American history, who hung out with Louis Armstrong (who?), who got so drunk during his gigs with Paul Whiteman he made Sinatra look like a Baptist, and who introduced the taperecorder to the U.S.
Yep, I\'ve got the background all right. My mom sang at Radio City Music Hall, my dad played clarinet in Glenn Miller\'s Army-Air Force band, my uncle was head of the music department at San Jose State (1960s to 70s) and my aunt was a concert pianist.
Want more? My little brother used to be the business manager of Creed, Seven Mary Three, Days of the New and other bands who sound vaguely like Pearl Jam. Me? I was the Rhesus monkey in the cage with the electric guitar who they fed every so often. But only when they donned the white lab coats -- and even then they lofted the pellets at a safe distance as I muttered, \"Hello, Clarice.\"
Anyway, here\'s how I use GPO.