I found another song of mine that Stephen had recorded vocals on while going through some old tunes. I had 4 different vocalists put down tracks for this particular song over the years. Stephen had recorded his tracks in the middle of 1994 or so. I had completely forgotten about it! Oh well, getting up there in years…(smile)
Just finished the first draft of “and if…”. I realized while doing this and looking back at what notes I had, that Stephens vocal tracks were rough and we had scheduled time to redo them. However, he had work out of town and shortly after he passed away. We never redid the vocal tracks. I could have cleaned them up and pitch corrected etc, but I thought that the raw tracks had enough emotion as is. So rather then going down a rabbit hole, which is easy to do, I spent a few nights making this last video of his vocals.
Yep. The final installment in the three song demos (now 4 songs – (smile)) that Stephen Wolfe Smith and I recorded together at my home studio in the 90’s. As promised, “no promises”. (smile)
This song always made me laugh because the teen neighbors a few houses down were basically in love with Stephen. He dressed quite well, talked with a slight accent and was always flirting with them. They came over in the middle of a session while we were working on the finishing touches (vocals) and they melted while listening to him sing. As they left the studio I could hear them singing “I like this, I love that…” etc.
Sadly, that was the last tune I recorded with him before he passed. Work got in the way with him being a daytime soap opera regular and my days were numbered as money was tight and bills were piling up.
This whole experience of making a lyric video almost 30 years after recording a few songs is kinda cool! And since I have a CD upcoming, I’ll probably apply some of what I’ve learned from this adventure!
And of course the newest addition : and if
carl jasper hoffman
just a dream
always love me