I listened to my 15-year old self sing last night, over and over, looking for inspiration to write about "A Year in the Life." I didn't expect my voice to sound so different.
That's not what I first noticed about "A Year in the Life," though. My first impression of the song was "damn this is unnecessarily long" during the second super-long transition.
(Around 3:38, to be specific, and then again around 3:53, and every 10 seconds after 6:00). I do appreciate my younger self's lack of restraint in expressing himself musically, but I need to get to the point a little more succinctly, I think.
My next observation was that the song was fairly similar to "Move On" from Mirror Image, and in fact I had semi-consciously stolen a lyric from "Year" while writing it. So I decided to put together a short mash-up of small excerpts from each song. The whole thing is just about two minutes long, and I don't think it needs any more.
The 2008 recording of "A Year in the Life" is bombastic and melodramatic. I definitely overdid it with the strings and organ. For this experiment, I decided to strip it down to the bare essentials - guitar and vocals - with accompaniment rhythms that evoke Mirror Image's finale "Live Out Loud" in addition to "Move On."
If you like YouTube videos, check out this one I made using my rudimentary self-taught Premiere skills. While you do, I'll just spend a couple minutes wishing I had taken a film editing class in college.
Check back this Friday for the final recording of the first Facebook Song, "A Year in the Life"!