So it's been awhile since I uploaded anything here on this Soundcloud channel, but I've been ... let's just say occupied.
This is a song about me messing up with my girlfriend, but don't you worry ... she does it all the time. It literally just came to me in the blink of an eye, chords, lyrics, the whole package, after listening to this song she'd written, called 'What If'.
My natural reaction would have been to do something stupid — I like doing stupid things — but I decided not to run from this one. Instead I sat down in front of my piano, played the chords, sang the words and wrote them all down.
The next day I recorded the piano track I'd found in MIDI on my iPad in Garageband, using my Yamaha CP50 stage piano, as well as a bass line and a drum track (in MIDI as well). I thought all the song needed then was just someone to sing the lyrics, so I asked a dear friend of mine to record herself singing them. She did and I thought it was awesome, but then I got into a heated argument with someone about the MIDI-side of Garageband for iPad users. I didn't believe it was possible to extract the MIDI-data from the iDevice for further editing on a computer for instance. I was quickly proven wrong, which cost me 5 euros (about $ 123 273 838,33 US).
I managed to get the MIDI-files I'd recorded on my iPad onto my pc, and I sent them to this 'someone'. He is the one who added the strings, percussion etc., changing the lame Garageband samples with expensive professional sounds, having his brother to quickly improvise a guitar solo over it, and even tracking some guitar parts himself — in other words: blowing me away with an incredible result.
His name is Anton Vanderkerken. Please do check out his channel soundcloud.com/antonvdk, for I'm most grateful to him.
Eventually I wound up not using the first vocal track, since Anton had found someone else who too was very willing to help me out. I used the Appogee Mic on my iPad to record her for 'RE: What If V2', combined with a very cheap pop filter. I then extracted this file from my iPad again, sending it back to Anton for the final mix, to which you are listening right now.
I put a lot of time in this, and it took a lot from me to actually publish it here, since it's so personal, so please do take the time to leave some feedback for me in the comment section.
Best regards and enjoy!
P.S.: I'm never writing a song for a girl again.