HEADPHONES recommended as my remastering /mixing tweaks are usually on the subtle side. The original release of this—my first fully realized singer-songwriter original—was in July 2013, just prior to JT's gift of a Yamaha keyboard synth. So instrumentation performance here includes 2 intertwining vibraphone parts on my Korg; a bongo
beat throughout, an Epiphone drone for the "bass;" 2 intertwining melodica parts; touches of harmonica; and ending in metal kitchen trays struck with a cloth-covered meat tenderizer for those "gong" sounds. It opens with a marimba loop and, along the way, picks up conga and hi-hat loops I D/Led from online to painstakingly copy/paste into track layers.
Somewhere in answering original track comments, I noted my lead vocal here was merely a draft run-through done sitting down, desktop miked while a ceiling fan whirled, just to see how my lyrics matched up with marimba the way through. I got a bit verklempt when singing of the very personal mystical experience at the rocky shore and, otherwise, too, the main vocal is not my strongest. I considered rerecording it back then and also for this remaster, but decided the vulnerability heard in my draft vocal only helps convey the power of personal experience.
For lyrics: https://kat330.bandcamp.com/track/love-reigned
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