SONG #73

(this version unreleased)
words & music: Doug Koempel
Blue Baker Music, BMI
  • Doug Koempel: vocals, keys, bass, acoustic guitar and synth & drum programming.
  • Yamaha NP-V80 controller keyboard + Sonar 3.1 recording software.
  • VI.One plug-in
  • Fender Starcaster acoustic guitar
  • Hohner P-bass clone
  • Hammond A100 organ
  • Wurlitzer electric piano
  • recorded on January 2-10, 2017 at Bird-On-Fire Recording Studio / West Union, Iowa

Doug Koempel © 2017

I WROTE AND RECORDED "TIGHTROPE!" back in the mid-80s for a Memory Brothers' album. However in late 2016, I decided to revisit this tune and several other previously-released songs as part of a new collection of old material for a CD entitled Sometime in September.

This CD was originally going to simply be a repackaging of 22 original songs previously released on various albums from 1974-2014. However, I changed course and decided to pick just 12 songs and redo them using new arrangements.

This featured version of "Tightrope!" is one of the new recordings. Although these scratch vocals will be redone before the actual CD is released, this demo will give you an idea of how the sound and arrangement has evolved in the 30 years since this song was first recorded. 

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