19 October 2013 at 18:19:57 MDT
Based on the 'Recipe for Disasters' arc in DMFA ( http://missmab.com ), where Dan suddenly discovers he's not an ordinary mortal, this is a song I wrote in 2007 for my fourth album. I tried very hard to give it a 1970 feel, and then promptly ruined it by adding a wavetable synthesizer at the end.
Since my inspiration has finally run dry for now, and since it will soon be the 10th anniversary of my little one-man band, I decided to do a compilation album by taking some of my favourite songs from the first four albums and redoing them with better technology, hopefully better performance, and definitely NO wavetable synthesizers on tracks which are supposed to be from 1970.
This is one of them, I hope you like it.
Recording was done on a TASCAM MSR-24, 1" 24-track recorder. The song uses 13 tracks. While this is more than the 8 which the original version used it still fits the period (16-track being available as of 1968).
The song was made from the original MIDI file, and the vocals and sound clips were dubbed in from the 2007 master tape since I felt they were good enough not to need redoing. I did however use an alternate take of one line, again taken from the 2007 master tape.
I added bass and drums which were not in the original version. The drums were recorded onto two mono channels, with the crash and snare being fed through a Revox B77 tape deck to give it a 1970-sounding echo. The panning is also a bit 1968 as well - this is deliberate.
Instruments used included:
Korg Triton (piano, drums)
Hammond XM-1 organ
Manikin Memotron (flutes, strings, choir, tape organ at end)
Moog Minimoog (Voyager)
Epiphone Thunderbird Gothic bass
Mixed to a Studer A807 on SM900 tape
Guest vocals from the DMFA Radio Project: James Starrunner as Dan, his sister as... his sister, and Catherine Willington as Mab.
His name is Daniel Ti'Fiona
His mother was a succubus
And when he found her genes had carried
He didn't view that as a plus
His parents never got to tell him
They left him when he was a child
And when he found he was a demon
That was the last day that he smiled.
What did Daniel think he was?
He should have worked it out because
He lost the need to sleep and eat
The price of power is far from sweet
He didn't know he was a Creature
He thought his wings were just for show
And now he knows he's not a Being
It left him really feeling low
He's got the power to read your feelings
He's got the power to steal your soul
But powers come with heavy burdens
He's frightened he might lose control
And now his life will change because
He's just discovered what he was
He thought he was a normal guy
But really he's a 'cubi
Perhaps he thought he was an Angel
His wings are feathered as should be
He didn't have a 'cubi clanmark
Or any place that he could see
His name is Daniel Ti'fiona
His mother was a succubus
And now he knows that he's a 'cubi
No point in kicking up a fuss
And now his life has changed because
He's come to terms with what he was
Of all the things we can't escape
We have no fate but what we make