If you can listen to music with lyrics while reading, why not give it a shot!
I went looking for remix competitions online, as part of my ongoing Pomodoro exercise (which I will report on in a few days). An interesting one in the pop genre caught my attention. The vocals and one guitar part was provided.
I started composing my version, first with the piano, trying to find a catchy riff and progression to fit the guitar and the mood of the vocals. I was quite satisfied with what I came up with, and deliberately left some very minor timing imperfections for a more human feel.
Drum roll please!
Then I decided to add some drums, this time in a very different way than I normally would, i.e. keying in throughout the entire song with very little “fly overs” (copy and paste). It was lacking a bit so in order to add some contrast between verse and chorus, I added some strings and an arpegiated (sp?) synth.
Mwap mwap mwap
During my mixing session, I decided to take a break and listen to other entries submitted so far. Some were more catchy than others. I then proceed to listen to the original track and to my disappointment, it sounded very similar to what I had composed.
I contemplated not submitting it anymore but I will, at least for the exposure. Not knowing this story, someone may be misled into thinking I tried to remake the original. Hope you guys enjoy the track though, some feedback would be great!