Behind the Scenes in the Studio…Creating A Song

Hey all!!

My initial intention was to blog about the songs on my upcoming CD “My Life”..in track order…and give a little story about each one.  But I was browsing through some of my video clips that I captured while working in the studio and noticed a lot of them revolved around the title track “My Life”.

Besides Mo-rece’s amazing keys and production on the song I was blessed to have 3 incredibly gifted artists lend their talents to it as well.   Ama Chandra, Kevin Powe Jr. aka “KP”, and Brian “Spyda” Wheatley all stopped through Rawtech Studios over a period of several months to add some of their flavor to “My Life”.

As I browsed through the video clips I realized that this is exactly what people ask me about all of the time….how does a song come together?  So I decided to abandon the “track order” idea and skip straight to the title track “My Life”!

The idea for the song “My Life” came to me in the summer of 2010.  I was (as usual) burning the candle at both ends and wanted to write something that would make me feel lifted and happy.  Something with the inspiring message of Watch Me Fly but way lighter and summery.  LOL!  The melody came through like a summer breeze and the lyrics right along with it.  “It’s my life, and I will fly…..heed the lesson, keep the blessing, leave the rest behind.  It’s my dream, and I design where the journey’s gonna take me in my time.”

I soon met with Mo-rece and we were able to put down an instrumental and a vocal scratch track.  I took this with me on our family’s trip to Europe in August and I was working on it every free moment I had….tweaking lyrics….changing lines, etc.  (Yes I work on vacation…but music brings me joy so it’s a good thing!)  Upon my return to the States at the end of August I was ready to hit the studio and redo the track I had previously put down.

I have clips of Mo-rece finding the perfect harmony parts on the keys which we then added to the new lead vocal track.  Once I heard me in 4 and 5 part harmony I felt it was too “slick”.  Some folks are thinking “huh??”.  Sometimes when there are numerous harmony parts and the same voice with the same tone is singing them all they sort of blend too well.  Sometimes I like to have a little more “texture” in the mix.  Enter Ama Chandra…..

I invited Ama to come through Rawtech Studios one night in December 2010 when we were working so that she could replace my vocals on some of the “My Life” harmony parts to spice up the blend.  Her voice definitely added something special to the mix.

At this point we  knew we were going to add live bass and drums to the song and in April brought in “KP” Kevin Powe Jr and Brian “Spyda” Wheatley.  It’s a tough job being trapped in the studio with so many talented men but ladies someone’s gotta do it!  🙂

I’m very pleased with the way the song turned out.  You will hear the final mix on the CD when it comes out soon but in the meantime I put together a video of behind the scenes footage as we created this song.  Scratch tracks, mess ups, goofiness, and everything else that goes along in the process of making it perfect.  I thought you all might like to know what it’s like to be there when it’s happening ……

Until next time….

Love and Light,

Janice B.

6 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes in the Studio…Creating A Song”

  1. I’m in awe and extremely excited. Praise God for all the wonderful creativity He’s placed in you and your willingness to have no fear and soar. Fly, my sister! Love ya! Gotta go now…if I keep typing you know I’ll start crying tears of joy any minute! LOL

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    1. Girl don’t you start crying!! You know how we do!! 🙂 Good thing I didn’t post the song “I Remember”!! 😀 Love you mama.

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  2. Nice! this is awesome, isn’t it fun to blog about your project? 😀
    I’ve been doing the same about my concept album, but I don’t have any videos of the process, so I might steal that idea from you 😀

    Awesome Job SADE! 😀

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    1. Thanks Sinatra!! 🙂 A lot of times I forget to take pics and video but it’s definitely fun to go back and revist the clips. 🙂 I’m never in the videos tho….which is probably a good thing or I might not post them!! 😀

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