Another looong time between new releases… Sorry about that, but lots of “real life” demands have kept me out of the studio for the most part. But, I do have one in progress now…
The film “Jersey Boys” brought back so many memories to me. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you do, because it’s one of the most excellent movies I’ve seen in quite a long while.
Although this song is not used in the film, it is on the soundtrack CD, and I can’t imagine why Clint Eastwood (director/producer) omitted it. It fits right in with the tragedy of Valli losing his daughter Francine, who died in 1980 of a drug overdose at the age of 20, an event which is covered in the movie.
I know what you’re thinking… Considering my deep voice, how the hell am I going to pull off vocals that sound like Frankie Valli? The answer simply is, I’m not.
First, the original song is played capo 3 on guitar, to match Valli’s incredibly high vocal range. Instead, I’m playing it a full-step down using standard tuning, so I can get it anywhere near mine.
Secondly, I have no doubt that I’ll have to pull off some of my studio trickery for the background vocals.
A third option is to use a female vocalist and that’s the one I’m leaning towards, since there’s nothing gender-specific in the lyrics (could have been a mother as easily as a father singing it).
Lastly, as I always say, what good is recording a cover song, if you can’t put your own stamp on it? You may as well get the CD out, listen to the original, and not waste your time. I don’t approach recording as a “tribute band” and never would, even if it was within the realm of my abilities.
Anyway, my arrangement, recording prep work, and most of the instruments are already in the can.
The bottom line is, this song is an absolutely beautiful power ballad, and one I couldn’t resist taking a whack at. We’ll see how things go, I’m hoping I can do it the justice it deserves.
Mixing and mastering complete.