22
Feb

Donnie’s A Kind-Hearted Soul

For my third assignment of the week, I kept my acoustic guitar out after using it in my commercial. I wanted to mess around with it, since I recently discovered I was lacking a cable to my old amp. So, I found the theme assignment, and decided to write Donnie Rawlen a little motif.

I spent an evening making this, strapped to my headphones, computer, and using a mix of my voice recorder and my iPhone’s Voice Memo app.  Honestly, I don’t think there’s much to write about my process–I played my guitar and recorded a bunch of riffs after laying down the melody. After I looped the melody, I added the harmony guitar line. I listened to that and realized the song was lacking a bit of bass, so I recorded a really simple bass line and layered the three together.

After that, I removed a few sections from the harmony, so the melody and bass line could work off one another for a little while, and staggered their introductions.

 

Reflecting, I notice it has a bit of an Asian influence in its style, which ends up being rather fitting for Donnie, since he carries around a Chinese Dragon stamp, and a Buddhist pyramid.  It was an admittedly unintentional wrap-around, but I’ll take it.

On a non-thematic note, I know the melody and harmony get a bit un-synced part way through, but it’s the first song I’ve ever written, recorded, or produced, so there’s the amateur factor at play.

Anyways, I hope you like it!

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