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Michael Summers / Blog

Someone to Adore reprise

People keep asking me what's up with the reprise version of Someone to Adore. Well that story goes a little something like this: I went to Los Angeles to house sit for a friend. While there reveling in the perfect weather and bodies, I thought I was going to get to meet a seasoned smooth jazz veteran to write and begin working on this project. He was so to busy, I was left to my own devices to write a jazz album. I panicked at first, then relaxed, bought a mountain bike and hit the strand listening for the familiar sounds of melodies...words... songs. With the help of Griffin Technologies cool app iTalk, I recorded murmurs and mumbles to the point I had my very first song. Now I needed someone to help me suss it out. I was out one evening in a restaurant, having my usual Grey Goose Martini w a twist, and there started a duo, female singer / guitar player in the lounge area. She was good of course, dark skinned and gorgeous. But he was increasingly capturing my attention, (which is quite the role reversal LOL!) I walked up to her and said, "very nice work" and to him I quipped, "May I have your number?" I did get the strange gaze, but the shy amazing guitar player gave me his web address and I was off!

Over the next few days, I tried to reach my justtony.biz newfound friend to no avail, asking to get together to write. It was when I left the message to pay for a quick studio session that I got the return call! LOL. After I described what it was I wanted to do, bring this brainchild out of the attic, and into the living room, he offered to come to me with a small digital recording setup. The price? 300 bucks!

My admiration for his “songs produced on demand” attitude overwhelmed my sense of frugality and I said YES! I knew by listening to him, we would have no problem communicating and that I would get a great demo musically and thought, ok, he'll show up with a laptop, and small D/A converter and ProTools us in the house here to a great session. When he arrived he was harried and unloading strewn cable boxes and some first generation digital recorder combo rig that had a screen the size of a nat. I was amazed at how fast he was on this dinosaur and we rolled right along. I taped out a conga part on the acoustic guitar my friend had in the house, and he recorded a bass type part and guitar part along with an amazing solo! I sang the song for the very first time there in my friends garage and we worked out a few vocal guffaws but I knew I did not have the lyrics complete yet so I went for phrase and feel.

As we were packing up, I exclaimed my admiration for his unique Idea about productions on the fly and assumed he was paying the rent by doing these 3 times a week or so. He looked at me with Doe eyes and said..."I just came up with this cause we need money! I've only been here a year and it's tough out there!" We both laughed and then he said, "but that's not a bad Idea...I might have to pay you for that!" Our reprise version is a take on that simple but lovely draft. I still, at the time of even the second-generation reprise did not have the lyrics and melodies finished as you can plainly tell by listening. So I will post the original session, then the reprise session and of course the CD cut with the full treatment for your listening pleasure. Oh and of the mystery guitar player. His name is Tony Pulizzi, now the famed guitar player for American Idol.