They say the journey is sometimes more important than the destination. In our case, I think Adrian would agree. I mean, we love the end results and have always been focused on that. But it’s the collaborative musical process that sustains that buzz.
Here’s a list of OWOM tracks with links to their individual posts as they were developed. They’d give you a clue, but not quite 100% of the “making-of” process, since Adrian and I tend to discuss the songs over email and chat (I’m sure you’d be entertained by our transcript but maybe for the wrong reasons LOL).
You can download the entire album, or the individual tracks, from this post.
1. ONE WORLD
First post here (May 08). Which was immediately followed by Firdaus’s super-cool remix. The song was refined for the MTL Paralympics supplement CD (Aug 08). The feather on the cap was this Music Video (Sept 08). Adrian agreed with me that this should be the lead song for the album, as we wanted to start with an uplifting mood.
2. QUIET AFTERNOON
First and only post here (Sept 08). It was the obvious choice for the second track, as it offered a nice contrast to the loud and relatively noisy Track #1.
3. GENETIC (re)MIX
This was the longest track in the entire album (posted Sept 08). But I’d like to think that it’s worth it. If you take into account the title, maybe you can get an idea of the story behind the music.
4. RAINY DAYS 2.4
This song had the most number of refinements among all the tracks in the album (Sept 08): This post has versions 1, 1.1, 1.2 and 2; Version 2.1 appeared the next day, and then a version 2.2 (what can I say? I was on a roll!); this semi-acoustic version v3 didn’t make the cut. There’s no version 2.3 posted (the skip in version was from my editing done at home).
5. SURFING ON SOLAR WINDS
Something composed in 2007 and then released in Mar 08. The final version you’re listening is slightly different from what was previously posted, as I’d reworked the bass sounds a little. But since it didn’t drastically change the song, I didn’t rename it as a different version. This song was also given as a birthday present.
6. HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY part 2
Posted in July 08. At first I was apprehensive about including this in OWOM. Mainly because I sang the vocals! But since this song has a special place in Adrian’s heart (as he likes to tell me), and especially since the song fitted the “One Moment” feel, it made the cut.
This track has never been posted. So this album is its first appearance. It’s meant to be an interlude of sorts, between songs — or what I’d like to think as “between the mood of the songs”. I included it as a demo track when Adrian and I reviewed songs for our second album. Adrian said it was nice so we considered it for OWOM. It made the cut.
8. FIREFLY 1.4
This was one of the earliest song posted in 2008. Adrian posted this in Feb 08 but I only got round to it in Sept 08. The final version for OWOM features a different guitar ending, based on Adrian’s comments on the first remix. I also added a percussion layer, as a contrast to the mostly repeated melody. We considered ending the album with this song, but I told Adrian it might inadvertently sound like closing the tracks on a sad note. So this song switched places with “The Hill”.
9. THE HILL
This was supposed to be the eighth song, but I thought it would be more apt for the whole album to finish off on a high. Posted in Dec 08 (but actually I’d completed this more or less in mid 2008). This song features no guitar leads at all, and is vastly different from anything Adrian and even myself had produced so far. It’s included as Adrian gave the “bee boo bee boo” a thumbs up. This is one of my personal favourites. I still get goosebumps (the nice kind) listening to it.
Songs published in 2008 but weren’t selected/ completed in time for this album:
- Finding Love (Jan 08) – still a WIP
- Walking On Air 2008 – with Friends from Songcraft (Mar 08)
- Weight of an Empty Page (Mar 08)
- Here And Now (Apr 08)
- Just Wanna Be With You (Apr 08)
- If You Were A Dance (Jun 08)
- Saying Goodnight demo (Aug 08)
- Two Ladies (Oct 08)
- I Wonder (Nov 08)
- Twilight (Nov 08)
Heh, I’m surprised at our productivity, given that all this music making is done with our spare time outside of our day-jobs.
We welcome comments on how to improve our music. Feel free to comment about what it is that you liked or disliked.