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quiet storm track walkthrough (part ii).

October 31, 2009

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Without further ado, let’s go on with the show!  Here’s part i of the walkthrough, covering tracks 1-6 of the album, if you need to read.  Once again, please enjoy and you can download my album at the link above / at the bottom of the page if you haven’t already! 🙂

7. Touch Me

This was the first single off the album, and it samples “Nobody But You” by Cassie and The-Dream.  I added some more drums and extra instruments (like the piano line) to give it a little extra kick.  Sonically and lyrically, it’s a little bit lighter than the songs which have come prior, because I didn’t want the album to be too heavy all the way through.  Life isn’t like that, and we all need to have some fun and not be so serious sometimes.  The theme of this one is about liking somebody  and having a crush on them, and just being flirtatious and wanting to have a good time with them – letting whatever happens, happen!  After a comment from my friend Emma who heard the song today, it’s interesting that none of the songs on the album have any relation to anything that’s happened in the last couple of months (I finished writing and recording the album at the beginning of September), because this song lyrically is more than a little appropriate right now. 😉 It’s also an unofficial part 2 to one of the very first songs I did, called “Reach Out”.

8. High Fashion

With “Touch Me”, this portion of the album is the ‘uptempo / club ready’ section, the part of the night when you just want to dance, have a good time and feel fierce.  I was inspired a lot by working at the Perfume Shop and being surrounded by a lot of luxury or designer brands like Prada, Gucci, Dior, and how tempting and intoxicating that whole world is.  For me, designer is increasingly a natural fit, though I try not to be snobby with it – I want my jewellery and accessories to feel special to me, not a normality.  But I like the authenticity of real designer, real luxury items – “I’m a real boy / I like real things”.  Originally, I envisioned the song being a midtempo like “Hook Boy”, but the lyrics have a bit of swag and confidence and I fell in love with a Garageband sample which was very poppy and uptempo – this is the poppiest song on the record, in my opinion.  I also enjoyed shouting out my half-Italian heritage, because my favourite designers are almost all Italian (Christian Dior is the exception) houses.  In short, the song’s message is that fashion is more than just what you wear, it’s a part of who you are and inherent in your attitude, outlook and all sorts of things.  And I honestly believe that.

9. Theory (Interlude)

This one’s a spoken interlude just explaining why I enjoy wearing designer items, and what things like that mean to me.  I do feel special with the right necklace on, I won’t deny it.  But I also think that looking put together is both a savvy self-promotion, and a convenient barricade between the outside world and the vulnerability I keep inside.  This interlude just explains that.

10. Armani Earrings

Can you say “SWAG”?!? I love this song, the lyrics were so much fun to write (and I challenged myself to include lots of polysyllabic words, because I’m a literate boy!), and this is my rap song!  Rapping is something I’m seeking to improve at, and I liked my flow on this song a lot.  I wanted to honour my Armani studs (my signature look), which have paid for themselves in compliments alone! Originally, the whole thing was rapped, but I’m a singer and not a rapper, so I made the bridge and final chorus more melodic, which ended up adding to the force of the song, rather than detracting away from it.  I love the bassline, which was inspired by a HOT track I saw on youtube, by Tila Tequila called “I Fucked The DJ” – it goes hard!!  I also shout out one of my favourite CDs back from when I was a teenager, which was Tatyana Ali’s Kiss The Sky.  Originally, “Armani Earrings” was supposed to be slightly slower, with a more gangsta beat, but once I heard that song, I knew that I wanted that kind of sound to make my song really club-ready – it took a little while to get it right, but I love this song now.  Although I don’t really believe that my boyfriend is more expendable than my bracelet, it’s fun to sing!  And it depends on the boyfriend 😉

11. Quiet Storm

There’s a reason why this song is the title track of the album, and why it’s slap bang in the middle – for me, this is the centrepiece of the whole record.  Production-wise, I’m so proud of it – the stuttering beat and the mysterious piano really embodies a night-time jam. I was inspired on this track by Danity Kane’s “Right Now”, Jennifer Lopez’s Hex Hector remix of “Waiting For Tonight”, and Lil’ Wayne’s “Got Money” – that’s the “tick tick boom” lyric explained for you!  The guitar solo in the middle (and the heavy breathing shots) emphasises sensuality and sexuality, and the song is just about being in this perfect moment surrounded by a pounding bass in the middle of the club, just seeing somebody and being irresistibly attracted to them to the point where everything melts away.  So it’s very sexy, very captivating, very seductive, but also very mysterious and nocturnal.  It’s about love and attraction being a force of nature that is literally more powerful than music – and if you know me, you’ll know just how powerfully I feel music.  I wanted a song that I could dance to in a club, that I could chill to and feel the lyrics, that I could wind to on my patio at night.  And this song ticks all those boxes for me, so I wanted this song to be the album’s signature track and indicative of all that I wanted to achieve with this project.

Part iii coming soon! Hold tight 😉

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touch me.

August 31, 2009

Touch Me

Here it is!!!  I know I’ve been delaying somewhat, but here is the first single from my forthcoming album Quiet Storm.  The song is called “Touch Me”, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

Download it here: Sharebee (includes zshare, Badongo, RapidShare etc.)  Let me know if you want me to upload the mp3 to any specific servers and I can do that for y’all 🙂

Stream it on my Myspace now, along with other selected tracks from the upcoming album!

A little bit about the song:  “Touch Me” is one of the last songs I wrote for the album, and is sorta a ‘part 2’ to one of the very first songs I ever did, called “Reach Out” (see here).  It’s an uptempo that perhaps breaks away somewhat from the overarching nocturnal feel of Quiet Storm as an album, but I liked the R&B beat that you could chill to, drive to or imagine playing in a club.  It’s a multipurpose song!  The beat is sampled from Cassie’s “Nobody But You”, featuring The-Dream, who also produced the track, so I have them to thank for the inspiration; I looped a portion of the beat and then added my own production and vocals over the top.  It’s not a lyrically deep song, being basically about feeling attracted to somebody, and encouraging them to step to you and not to be intimidated.  I thought that by keeping it light, it was a perfect introduction to the album without being too intense straight away.  I really hope that you enjoy it, and please pass it on to your friends!

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Touch Me
(A. Smith, sample of “Nobody But You” by C.Ventura / T. Nash / C. Stewart)

reach out and…. touch me

you act like i’m invisible

but i saw your eye as i walked by

let me let you know that it’s alright

i’m feeling you likewise

there’s nothing wrong with appreciation

but i want a lil’ communication

let me know how you’re feeling

is this something you’d be pursuing

because it’s alright

it’s alright

it’s alright

you can touch me

it’s alright

it’s alright

i don’t mind

you can touch me

here, there, wherever

coz i’m looking fly and i’m feeling fine

so don’t be shy come on over here

show me that you know how to touch me

touch me, ay ay, touch me

touch me, ay ay, touch me

touch me, ay ay, touch me

touch me, ay ay, touch me

sometimes i get a little desolate

all alone checking my phone

waiting for your call or your message

i don’t want to stay at home

when there’s so many places we could go

the night is young and the sun’s still up

let me take you on a tour

grab the wheel from ya

and we can navigate a whole new course because

because it’s alright

it’s alright

it’s alright

you can touch me

it’s alright

it’s alright

i don’t mind

you can touch me

here, there, wherever

coz i’m looking fly and i’m feeling fine

so don’t be shy come on over here

show me that you know how to touch me

touch me

show that you can touch me

i know that you can do it

now i want you to prove it

because i don’t wanna look back

in the future on now

and think that we missed out

i’m not one to miss out

so let’s spill the tea

i’m feelin you you’re feelin me

not everything’s supposed to be

so serious so please feel free

i’m making it your challenge

to touch me (do it right now)

touch me, ay ay, touch me (do it right now)

touch me, ay ay, touch me (do it right now)

touch me, ay ay, touch me (do it right now)

touch me, ay ay, touch me (do it right now)

because it’s alright

it’s alright

it’s alright

you can touch me

it’s alright

it’s alright

i don’t mind

you can touch me

here, there, wherever

coz i’m looking fly and i’m feeling fine

so don’t be shy come on over here

show me that you know how to touch me

reach out and reach out and reach out and touch me

reach out and reach out and reach out and do it right now

reach out and reach out and reach out and touch me

don’t don’t leave me alone

reach out and reach out and reach out and touch me

reach out and reach out and reach out do it right now

reach out and reach out and reach out and touch me

it’s alright it’s alright it’s alright

reach out and reach out and… (ay ay ay)