Single #36: All Wrapped Up in a Bow

All Wrapped Up in a Bow

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#36

Downloadable MP3 (*Previously only on CD)

Released: 2015

Words and Music written by Chance
©2015 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

Also available:
Track #5 from the album, “The Glitter and the Glue”

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VIDEO

Directed and edited by Chance

Camera: performer submitted

“All Wrapped Up in a Bow” was written for Ron Feldman, Orlando musician and teacher. It is dedicated to his life and the influence he had on his students, his fellow musicians, and his friends…

With great humility, I give thanks to the 25 musicians who took part in this video.

They include:

Matthew Bloodwell, Jeff Flannery, Rick Bailey, Dylan Bailey, Pat Bloodwell, Shawn Fernandez, Talmage Watson, Jay Rauchwarg, Gail Jay, Paul Smith, Maika Malle, Luke Davids, John E. Citrone, Benjamin Juan Torres, Ken “K.Nilly” Neal, James Colt Woodrich, Sebastian Ciceri, Mark Johnson, David Traver, Brian Levy, Mike Zepol, Damien Zepol, Robert Vaughan-Wheeler, Steve Nicholas, Adam Flanders.

Ron’s Interview Clip:
Victoria Ackerman (video) and Steve Gamble (interviewer)

SONG DETAILS

So freezing, deceiving
the way this story’s been told
believing, completely
everything we have been sold

maybe there’s one thing we should know
there’s only a minute left to go
maybe there’s one thing we should know
just don’t tell anyone

we’re out of control
some decisions were made that run counter to the flow
don’t let them know……oh no…don’t let them know…

so hold on to the one
that waited, that was there for you
don’t look now; they’re smiling
you’re glitter and they are the glue

but there is just one thing we should know
with only a minute left to go
if all of our dreams were made today…
would we tell anyone?

we’re out of control
some decisions were made that run counter to the flow
but don’t just let go
to the ones that we love: may they always always know
we’re out of control, when out of control
when we’re out of control….. out of control (solo over chorus chords)

maybe there’s one thing we should know: there’s only a minute left to go
maybe there’s one thing we should know: there’s only a minute left to go
all of our dreams were made this way….should we tell anyone?

we’re out of control; some decisions were made that run counter to the flow
but don’t just let go… to the ones that we love: may they always, always know
(that) we’re out of control; some decisions were made that run counter to the flow
but don’t just let go… to the ones that we love…. `to the ones that we love!

Words & Music by Chance

©2015 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

May, 2014. Musically, the song started with the intro. It had a basic melody but that was about it. It just sat there, waiting and quietly gnawing.

*****

In late June, I found out that Ron Feldman, my musical mentor, father figure and one of my closest friends had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He decided he was not going to fight it.

The countdown was on. Live out whatever he had left with gusto and grace.

*****

Wednesday. August 13th. It just hit me, and I rushed to the piano. Out came words, a chorus, melody, a basic melody for the guitar solo, a pre-chorus. Basically, everything. Thing is, I mastered (completed) the record over a month prior. The record was done.

So I thought.

I e-mailed Brian, the drummer who played on the entire record:

“WELL, I THOUGHT THE RECORD WAS DONE. BUT SOMETIMES THINGS JUST HAPPEN. IN THE MIDST OF LOSING A PERSONAL HERO, I SAT DOWN THIS EVENING AND WROTE A SONG. AND IT FEELS BEAUTIFUL. MAY I BORROW YOU THIS WEEKEND FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS?”

He wrote back:

“THIS WEEKEND IS TOUGH. FRIENDS FROM OUT OF TOWN. DAUGHTER’S BIRTHDAY TOO. IF I CAN SLIP AWAY, IT’LL ONLY BE FOR AN HOUR OR TWO.”

Thursday. August 14. Went into the studio and recorded a quick piano/guitar and vocal with click guide track, just in case he could make it. Sent it to him and hoped.

Later, went to the piano and start hashing out parts. Something again struck. Giggling, I record onto my phone this blisteringly fast idea for a guitar solo. Talking 80’s guitar sweeps here. I suck for solos and certainly would need someone else to record it. But the idea quickly became something I really—really—wanted to have.

*****

The weekend begins and my phone rings. Brian.

“I’ll be there in an hour.”

15 minutes before he arrives, I get another call.

This one from Jeff Flannery.

Backstory: Jeff is one of my oldest friends. We was the guitar player in my first real professional act. We toured 18 or so states together and it is with great ease that I call him one of my lifers. Lives in Alaska now, but at that very moment he was on his way back to LAX from a rock n roll fantasy guitar camp (in Napa Valley) that dorks, I mean guys, I mean  people go to see the likes of Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, and other 80s guitar heroes.

“I’M GOING BACK THROUGH LA; MY FRIEND WANTS TO TAKE AN EARLY FLIGHT. IF YOU’RE COOL WITH TAKING ME TO THE AIRPORT TOMORROW, MAYBE WE CAN SPEND SOME TIME TOGETHER?”

In the event I failed to properly illustrate: not only was Jeff one of my closest friends…. he one of the most talented guitarist and musicians I  have ever met.

And it was Ron who introduced us.

That’s right. Ron introduced us when Jeff was 15 and and I was 17.

We were just kids starting out. Ron, who was a towering figure in the Orlando music community, would soon be come our manager. We were the only band he ever managed.

And here I am writing a song about Ron in the last days/weeks of his life, and I need a guitarist to play a part that is impossible for me to play, and that part was actually with Jeff in mind, regardless of possibility. In other words, if you decided to go all silly fantasy, this is how it would be scripted.

And now he was coming over, and he was spending…the…night.

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!????”

My heart raced and—while pacing the entire house—I explained the song, the idea for a crazy solo, and how Brian (the drummer) would be there any second to record his part!!

The world became present tense. I couldn’t believe this was happening.

*****

Brian was in and out in an hour. Incredible performance; he made it look easy (got decent snare and kick sounds too). 15 minutes after he left, Jeff arrived.

While he sat in my studio, I laid down a quick and dirty bass part, literally writing it as I played. Then a quick and very flubbed guitar part, one that Jeff openly mocked (the performance, not the part). Example: when my wife Christina came in with beverage, he playfully noted, “I didn’t play that!”

We played well into the night: First the solo, then other lovely flourishes that expanded the song’s dimension even further. Blinked and 3 hours had passed. Stopped only once, for dinner. Afterward, we just talked about our friend, our lives, and the time that had passed since we saw each other last (my wedding).

Woke up the next morning, listened to the track, and it was as it should be:

The guitar player and singer from the band that Ron managed, playing together again.

*****

We got in the car, and I took him to the airport.

Recorded & mixed at Supey Studio
DAW: Pro Tools
i/0: Universal Audio Apollo

Written, recorded and mixed by Chance
Masted by Rob Beaton for meetbeaton.com

Performers:
Chance: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano, Percussion

Microphones: Vocals: Peluso 2247 LE
Guitars: Fender ’57 Strat, Epiphone Riviera, through a Mesa Boogie Mark 3 (w/ Marshall 1960A half stack)

Brian Levy: Drums
Sebastian Ciceri: Bass
Jeff Flannery: Guitar Solo and other lovely flourishes

Cool Geekout Notes

First time I ever used my Epiphone Riviera on track. Incredible how thick it is. Not much else to say here, as a lot of the geekout stuff for this song can be better found on the Genesis tab.