This song was written and recorded in 2013 originally, and alas the midi files are on some archive hard drive somewhere I have yet to find. However, I had the lyrics in Google Docs, and I had a wild hair to rerecord it with my current, more advanced VSTs, so I fiddled around with a 100bpm version based on my memory of the old song. Sure, I listened to the song since then, but it had been awhile. I had always considered this song to be particularly well structured and fairly straightforward, and I created the new music a few days ago, and it sounded so close to the original melody/chords/arrangement I thought, what the heck! I’ll try to sing the song to my music. On about the second try I stumbled through the entirety, and although it was really rough, it was promising enough to pursue further. But it did sound too slow to me from my memory, now that I was hearing it, so I sped up the tempo to 120bpm, decided I liked that a lot better as Reaper of course speeds up the vocals as well, so I resang it to 120bpm but more precisely. This time the new version was snapping into place with the vocal timing, and I was able to use stretch markers and edits to correct a few spots that seemed to need it. Finally, I added a harmony vocal track and stretched it to fit the already stretched main vocal, and I was pretty pleased with the result.
It then occurred to try to find the original song and compare how close I was on the temp/key/phrasing, and when I did I was totally surprised I not only had selected the same temp and key, but the vocal phrasing was also extraordinarily lined up.
So I thought again, what the heck! How would it sound to add the 2013 track to the 2022 project and render a mix? To my continued surprise, the two songs’ music lined up perfectly, and the two vocals were only off a tiny bit in a handful of spots.
So here is the 2013 original-
And here is the 2022 new version by itself-
And here is the 2013/2022 mix with no edits-
I’m considering leaving it that way, but I will probably adjust to vocal timing on the 2022 track to exactly fit the 2013, just because, what the heck!
So here is a last mix with only the old lead vocal and new harmony stretched to fit and some volume tweaks-
Honestly, I don’t think I could have done this on any other song I’ve ever written. And so many songs I can’t even remember the melody or words from just the title. The two extremes…