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by Geert Veneklaas
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Tue, Jul 1, 2008 @ 5:31 PM
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permalink   Tue, Jul 1, 2008 @ 6:17 PM
I like this version, I think it works perfect for the style of the pella.
I like the guitar you used, maybe I would bring sooner that climax part into the song.
permalink   Geert Veneklaas Thu, Jul 3, 2008 @ 1:46 PM
Thanks Durden ! You’re right about introducing the climax somewhat earlier, but it didn’t work out in the middlepart. Maybe I should have cut the last chorus in half ?
By the way, the guitarsound is a preset of the Roland XV3080, works well if you play it like this
permalink   Tue, Jul 1, 2008 @ 9:17 PM
The strings well up like the intro to a 1940s New York City nightclub radio show that you’ve waited all week to hear—one of those shows in which people truly entertain with a joie de vivre and a subtle smile, between advertisements for borax and soap suds.

Then the keyboard and vox begins, and one is transported instantly across the radio dial to the shortwave station in Copenhagen which always played songs as familiar as the warmest pop, and yet entirely unknown, refreshing and welcome. The DJ is an ex-patriate from the Isle of Man, whose English bears nonetheless a curious hint of Wales. Somehow, when the tubes crackle on your old radio, the guitar sounds more vivid and real, as if it was in metronome thrall to her voice—and what better enchantment than the enchantment of simple truths about romantic lies?

When the strings come up, and share the stage with the guitar, one is launched into a progressive pop fantasy, the kind in which love improbably happens amid the tumult of stormy nights and furnicular trains up obscure Canadian mountains, fading away, until there is only the silence where once the air crackled, until the radio died.

A lovely remix. Its straight-ahead simplicity is evocative, and sets out the vox elegantly.
permalink   Geert Veneklaas Thu, Jul 3, 2008 @ 1:57 PM
Thanks Robert for your kind words (and for the tweet, I appreciate that !)
permalink   Tue, Jul 1, 2008 @ 11:22 PM
… almost feel like I should be putting on a tuxedo while listening to this. Very classy!
permalink   Geert Veneklaas Thu, Jul 3, 2008 @ 1:58 PM
I won’t stop you :-) Thanks for the comment !
permalink   Wed, Jul 2, 2008 @ 12:06 PM
Great harmonization, keeping it straightforward works well with this vocal.
permalink   Geert Veneklaas Thu, Jul 3, 2008 @ 2:00 PM
Thanks oldDog ! Listening to all the great remixes of this pella I wonder: what does NOT work great with this vocal ?
permalink   DURDEN Fri, Jul 4, 2008 @ 10:02 PM
Quote: Geert Veneklaaswhat does NOT work great with this vocal ?
I completely agree, when pellas are great they fit so easy in the mixes…
permalink   Wed, Jul 2, 2008 @ 1:25 PM
This is stunning Geert i love it. I have said it before but no one should feel intimidated by another remix or remixers work.

Yours has another view and its equally as good and as valid as anything i have heard.

Great Work.
Ps, I Like conventional.
permalink   Geert Veneklaas Thu, Jul 3, 2008 @ 2:12 PM
Very glad you like it Loveshadow ! Nice to hear from someone I admire for his nonstop high quality music… Did you really say ‘stunning’? Wow!!!
permalink   Wed, Jul 2, 2008 @ 5:50 PM
Excellent arrangement. I love the feeling of tranquility on mix. Very good job.
permalink   Geert Veneklaas Thu, Jul 3, 2008 @ 2:28 PM
Thanks onlymeith ! Love your ‘1982’ !
permalink   Wed, Jul 2, 2008 @ 8:26 PM
Very cinematic sound and well suited to the vox.

I like “unconventional” but conventional when it is done well is always a great listen.

This is a great listen. Well done!!
permalink   Geert Veneklaas Thu, Jul 3, 2008 @ 2:30 PM
Some comments make me very happy and this is one of them ! Thank you !
Scott Altham
permalink   Sun, Jul 13, 2008 @ 2:55 PM
Ok, first off, the opening strings set the scene nicely… Piano, equally as emotion inspiring… What really interests me about this mix is the way it makes the vox sound like they’ve always lived here in the gaps between your string/piano journey. Real good production and arrangement. Final noted part of the song is the airy (airey?) annie lennox style pad/string stabs just prior to the vocal only section. Very nice… tells a story.
permalink   Geert Veneklaas Sun, Jul 13, 2008 @ 4:48 PM
Thanks, Scott ! Glad you like the arrangement (I liked yours as well!). Nice to know that people really listen :-) Thanks again !