Single #30: Solitude

Solitude

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#30

Downloadable MP3**
Released: 2011

Words and Music: Chance
©2011 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

(**not available on CD)

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VIDEO

Directed & shot by Chance

Additional photos: Suzanne Donohoe, Christy Brooks, Susan Varga
Nighttime thunderstorm clip: Tom Visnius

In Memory of Jimmie Donohoe
1967-2011

SONG DETAILS

Solitude…
is what you get when nothing blows up in your face

Don’t go if you can’t continue
Don’t do it because you have to
Let’s take the road that we found
Cause I’m looking for something with you

Solitude is what you get when nothing blows up in your face

Pull off, ask for directions
The sign says “know one’s been here”
I can’t say that I believe it
See? The book that’s on the table
A prayer’s been written for us
We’ve got so many choices
Now, it’s hard for me to focus
Cause I hear a thousand voices

Solitude is what you get when nothing blows up in your face

If you want to go…..
Make sure that you know
All that’s waiting for you…
and not what’s taken from you…

Words & Music by Chance

©2011 Upside Down Left Handed Music (BMI)

The subject matter of this song forces me to keep the genesis reveal short and sweet. It’s very personal, and I think it’s best the song, the lyrics, and the video do most of my talking.

I will say this much:
Solitude was based on the first line of the song sung over the initial piano part. It came out, as usual, as the first thing I sang and played that day. In this case, song practically wrote itself. The first draft was just piano, vocals, and drums. I almost considered it, but as you might imagine, inevitably I concluded it needed more.

So, one day I hunkered down and began a very right brained dive into swelling chorus and expansive reverb effects. The rest came rather naturally (the mix was another story).

I wanted the song to punctuate and to soar. I wanted the song to plead, to reach out, and to console.

Whether I accomplished that is up to you, the listener, and I very much hope you’ll get to the place I tried to go.

Enjoy.

Recorded & mixed in Pro Tools LE Digi 002 on a Mac Pro

Microphones:
All Vocals-Peluso 2247LE
Guitar: ’57 Fender Strat
Bass: Mexican Fender Jazz bass with 4-year old strings
Piano: Kawai ES-X

Written, performed, recorded & mixed by Chance
Mastered by Rob Beaton for meetbeaton.com

Cool Geekout Notes

Listen to the bass in the solo section. I duplicated the track, pulled the low end out of the dupe and added a wah effect. It kind of makes it sound like an 8-string, and for me, it helped fill space.

Also, in the solo section, there is a ridiculous amount of chorus and verb on the guitars. Should be interesting figuring out how to pull this one off live.