Do you sometimes get a feeling that people your age in the public eye, as well as family and people you know, are succumbing to the Grim Reaper with increasing frequency? And you wonder how long you can continue dodging the bullets? It was that feeling that gave rise to the lyrics for this song, which I then put into a blues-type setting.
The drums, bass, two guitars (panned left and right) are all Band In A Box RealTracks using the BIAB style _TBLZS8S.STY ‘Texas Blues’. I then used BIAB style CLAPTON1.STY ‘Clapton1 Rock Blues’ to provide the MIDI organ track. I programmed the MIDI brass tracks manually. The lead guitar work and vocals are mine.
The organ sounds came from IK Multimedia’s SampleTank 3. The lead guitar part was done using Scuffham’s S_GEAR guitar processor plugin and my custom Stratocaster fitted with two Bare Knuckle ‘Riff Raff’ humbucker pickups. The vocal was done using my usual RØDE NT2 mic, with some processing from iZotope’s Nectar 3 vocals plugin, the Thickener from Sonnox’s VoxDoubler, and the Waves Vocal Rider plugin to even out the levels a bit. The project was engineered in Studio One 4. Mastering was done there using Izotope’s excellent Ozone 8.