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The song

The song

The original “Blue Glove” is driven mainly by the female vocal, a strong picked bass line, a four on the floor beat, and some fairly heavy guitars. Of the original tracks, I kept only the vocals. I also decided that just to challenge myself, I wouldn't put any guitars back on the track. Guitar is the only instrument I play well enough that people will pay me for that skill on occasion, so to make myself work harder with Cubase, I didn't use guitars. The track clicks along nicely at 113 bpm, which is a bit out of my comfort zone but fits the song very well. I usually work at very slow tempos, and if a track gets above 130 bpm, I start to think in half time, but as much as I like my dub tracks, working at 56.5 bpm (half of 113) is way too slow for me.

Because of the no-guitars rule, I had to do a little rearranging of the song. The lyrics of the verse go right up to the last beat, and the original has a four-bar descending guitar figure that introduces the chorus. Because I had to chop out that guitar part (shortening the song while doing so), I had to rearrange the chorus a bit. Also, I had to do a few things to get everyone ready for the chorus since there is no pause in the lyrics before the chorus starts.


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