Jenee finally returned from Los Angeles where she’s been “working” on The Voice (getting pampered/living it up on the production company’s dime, LOL) long enough to get some real work done: utilizing her amazing talents to get a few fiddle, mandolin and vocal tracks locked down. One was the final track needed to mix this awesome little ballad, Man In The Distance, written by songwriter Kevin Wood:
Here’s a clip of the client “Before” Version starting in verse two:
Our “after” Version, same spot:
Kevin did a great job laying out his vision. A lot of changes were made though, there was some superfluous stuff. And the song clocked in at about 5 minutes, way too long in a world where “radio friendly” is about 2 to 3 minutes.
“The “howling wolves” vocal sounds Kevin had were interesting but were deleted in the charting phase. Several bars of music that served no purpose were axed. Also, Kevin put a tag on every chorus which wasn’t appropriate (a “tag” is when you repeat the last line of a section, usually verbatim. in this case with different words but it still made the whole chorus feel too lengthy) I kept only the final tag.
A little tightening, and there you have it, a song I think has a great chance of garnering a publishing contract!
Which version would you take to the pitching table?
After hearing the mix, Kevin said, “Wow — Nice!! You guys did a great job, and you are very skilled at what you do, brother!”
Man In The Distance is © 2014 Kevin Wood, posted by permission.
If you’re interested in recording this song, using it in a commercial application or singing it in a performing situation please let us know and we’ll forward your request to the songwriter and/or the music publisher.
Just booked in a song titled Man In The Distance, a full band demo for songwriter Kevin Wood.
And our fiddle girl Jenee will be doing extra work as well to make the bridge sound extra special super!
We’re figuring on approx. 8 hours of charting and studio time for writing the arrangement charts, recording rhythm tracks, recording scratch vocals then keeper vocals with harmony, recording overdubbed parts such as the acoustic guitar and fiddle + producer, engineering and mixing.