Here’s the last tune that I did with my beloved niece Amy while she was visiting a few weeks ago. It’s the Creedence classic Who’ll Stop the Rain. I don’t generally cover such iconic songs, given how well-ingrained they are in most folks’ minds, but this one has always been a major favorite and lately its lyrics have taken on new meaning for me, given what is happening in our country. I chose to arrange it as a sort of cross between a churchy, gospel-ish sound and a straight-out anthem. I’ve always found the song to be very stirring, so I’m trying for that kind of feel here. And we really do need to find a way to stop this metaphorical rain that seems to get worse and worse…
Amy and I do a sort of call-and-response vocal structure for the first couple verses, then harmonize on the choruses and final verse, as well on some outro BGVs.
And for the second special guest, I am also fortunate to once again have our own @Jonathan on not one but two keyboard tracks, one of piano and one of B3 organ. This is our fourth collaboration, and as always, his work really makes the sound, it hits precisely the feel I was going for. Thank you Jonathan!! Always a great pleasure to work with you!
One of my denser productions… 6 and 12 string acoustic, some 6-string electric in the bridge, 12-string electric (via Variax modeling guitar) in the outro, bass, MIDI drums to go along with the piano, B3, and vocal tracks.
As always, thanks for listening!
V2 with subtle adjustments to drums & bass: