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  1. Naughty Dreams

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    "Naughty Dreams" started with a lyric from David B.  The lyric naturally invited a sexy pop-dance feel, and that’s what I tried to do with the music.

    My original treatment of the song was a bit “eighties” and not up to the standards of today’s pop-dance music productions.  So we brought in my friend Viceroy to update the production.  Viceroy also came up with a new interesting chord at the end of the choruses and suggested that we double up the bridge.

    The result is still a bit “eighties”, but rather than “stuck in…” it’s now more of an “homage to…”

    Overall I’m very pleased with the song, which could equally work for a female singer.

    NAUGHTY DREAMS

    Words by David B. & A. Robin / Music by A. Robin & Viceroy
    Produced by Viceroy & SuperCool-Guy
    © 2012 – All rights reserved 

    At night when I go to sleep
    I creep into bed under my silk sheets
    I close my eyes so don’t you wake me up
    It gets so hot, I can’t get enough
    I can’t get enough of… 

    Chorus:

    Naughty dreams
    Naughty dreams
    Doin’ all kinds of dirty things – dirty things
    Feel the heat
    Feel the steam
    Deep inside my naughty dreams
    Naughty dreams
    Naughty dreams
    Doin’ all kinds of dirty things – dirty things
    Feel the heat
    Feel the steam
    Deep inside my naughty dreams 

    Hot hands all over my body
    Deepest pleasures take over completely
    It’s so crazy, so freaky, so hot
    Don’t want it to stop. I can’t get enough
    Can’t get enough of… 

    Chorus:

    Naughty Dreams

    Bridge:

    Fireworks goin’ off around me
    Exploding with sexuality
    No self-control, I feel so free
    Fantasies become reality

    Chorus:

    Naughty Dreams… 

    [Repeat chorus]

  2. Tierra del Fuego

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    Tierra del Fuego is one of those songs that took a long time to mature…

    Lyric & Chorus

    The song started with a lyric from Joel Rockman, who recalls: “In my geography studies at school we covered South America. I always thought ”Tierra del Fuego” was a very romantic name and decided to write a lyric about it.”

    Most of the original lines made it in the final song, but together we restructured it to a more clearly defined verse-chorus structure and later changed some lines to better fit the music.

    The lyric did inspire a Latin feel, Spanish guitars, percussions, love, passion… and I very quickly came up with the chorus melody/musical hook for “Tierra del Fuego”.

    Very early on, I sampled the drum/percussion part from Toto’s “Africa” to help me establish the “feel” and direction of the music (the sample was later removed and replaced by all-original parts).

    While the chorus came together quickly, I got stuck for the verse and could not find a suitable part.  The song got shelved…

    Verse & Structure

    A couple of years later, I dusted off the original idea for “Tierra del Fuego” and somehow I found the verse, just by sitting at the keyboard and singing the lines.  The song structure flowed naturally from there.

    Recording

    The track was recorded at my home, with Ben Treeby on rhythm guitars. 

    I had lots of ideas for Spanish guitar licks throughout and ended up playing the whole thing on the keyboard, with a patch from my trusted Roland XV-3080 (as you can see from the midi session capture below and on YouTube).  I think it came out really well and most listeners probably wouldn’t this isn’t an actual guitar playing!

    I also programmed the brass parts and we recorded them at my friend’s Viceroy.

    For the vocals, we were very lucky to get PJ Lequerica, who was perfect for the song.  I had worked on a couple of tracks with PJ previously while in New York.  The vocals were recorded at the New York studio of my friend Harold Stefan, and the stems sent back to me for mixing with the backing tracks.

    Final Mix

    I redid the mix from scratch for the “Back In The Groove” album.

    One of the main things I re-did was play all original drum/percussion parts, trying to emulate the parts from Toto’s “Africa” but without any of the original samples.  That was an interesting and difficult challenge.  First because the style of playing is very different from the pop-rock style I am most used to.  Second because, let’s face it: it doesn’t get any better than Jeff Porcaro, Lenny Castro and Joe Porcaro!  Given that I would never be able to do as well as those guys, I think the result came out alright…

    I also added some new synth pad parts to build up the song, and some sound effects for added excitement. 

    Jon Astley provided the final mastering sheen, as he did with all tracks on the album.

    TIERRA DEL FUEGO

    Words by Joel Rockman & A. Robin / Music by A. Robin
    Vocals by PJ Lequerica
    Produced by SuperCool-Guy

    © 2012 – All rights reserved

    Enchanted isle
    Embraced by the sea
    Magical wonderland
    You’re calling out to me 

    Lightning will flash
    Reflect in your eyes 

    Chorus:

    Tierra del Fuego
    Burning inside
    Burning right inside of me (Right inside of me)
    Tierra del Fuego
    My passion’s on fire (Flames leap up)
    Flames leap up
    They go higher 

    When we make love
    Stars shine above
    Stirring the passion below
    The whole world is turned to fire 

    Lightning will flash
    Reflect in your eyes 

    Chorus:

    Tierra del Fuego…
    (Burning right inside of me) 

    [Repeat chorus] 

    Bridge:

    Out of the sky
    This heavenly fire
    Brought down to Earth just for me
    Just for me

    Chorus:

    Tierra del Fuego… 
    (Burning right inside of me)

    [Repeat chorus]

  3. SuperCool-Guy Album Release

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    SCG Back In The GrooveThe album “Back In The Groove” is now available as a download on iTunes (worldwide), on Amazon.com and wherever good music is sold!

    The album is also available as a CD from CD Baby.  This is a small-run, strictly limited edition, destined to become a collector’s item.  They’re all at CD Baby and when they sell out, don’t ask me: that will be it!

    13 tracks – “Whatever You Do”, “Today”, “One of These Days” (feat. Maria Willson) + 8 brand new songs and 2 remixes!

    There’s some pop, some rock, some ballads, some dance!...  Vocals by Maria Willson, PJ Lequerica, Kelly Webb, Priscilla Slade, and yours truly, SuperCool-Guy!… a CD for all seasons: get yours today! :-)

     

    Every month, I will be featuring one track from the album on this blog.

    This month: “Tierra del Fuego”…


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