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by Frazier Riddell

ANTHEM - A journey from 2012 to 2015 • Full Band Arrangement • Searching for Answers • Good friend CHRIS HALL stepped in to sing this arrangement • Family & Fate added TIM WEILGUS doing a New MIX & Master, with added percussion, that I Hope you Enjoy !!!
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THE REST OF THE STORY: The writing of this song dates back to 2012. And so time will do, many changes happened between that and the 2015 release of this version of this tune. Most all the lyrics and recording notes are family - friend - faith based. THE TITLE of song in my early notes is "Who Am I (over and over again)". The name change happened in July of 2012 in Glastonbury CT when I was singing for friends and family on my sister & brother in laws back patio while we were on vacation. I finished my acoustic version, quite different than this version, and Linda (my sis in law) said, it sounds sort of like an Anthem. Hence, the current title. THE WRITING of this song happened around May 14th of 2012 according to my notes. In the first draft their were only 2 verses, 1 & 3. As often, paying bills and such moved me away from this tune, but by June 3rd, 2012 I had added verse 2. This second verse was spawned by a friend of mine who was going thru tuff times, essentially watching his wife wilt away while fighting cancer. Later, this same verse would become very personal to me, because I also for several years had watched my father wilt away, bed ridden for several years. This song helped me a couple years later, well after the death of my father, to grieve. (LENT 2013) That verse became mine. I sent this song in early recorded version to a friend in Nashville and he ( Floyd ) wrote back that he cried when he listened to it. (several years earlier he had watched his wife die of cancer) A cool personal touch was that my friend Chris Hall who is singing the lead on this recorded version of the song, is also friends with Floyd Poston from back when Chris and I both lived in Nashville. That leads me to THE RECORDING. Around mid 2013 I started the attempt to record and sing this song and was having trouble. I liked the tracks I had put down for a full band arrangement, but could not get comfortable singing it, like I was able to, live with just an acoustic guitar. So after initial tracks, the song sat around for several months. Early 2014 In steps Chris Hall. When he approached me about wanting to record a song of his (Pray For Love), in exchange he was going to help me with some tracks on Anthem. It was to be just background vocals but......... Well, I realized quick that Chris, after making some minor changes to the melody, and singing an octave higher, was hitting this particular arrangement of the song the way it needed to be hit. After this I had tried to add some live drums because the electronic track was just lacking in my opinion. Try and try, we could not come up with drum tracks to be happy with. So, the song once again sat in limbo. THE MIXING STEP. In November of 2014 I went to a wedding in Charleston South Carolina for a Niece of mine. My wife's whole family was there, including my sister in law from Seattle WA JoAnn Arruda. Her significant other, whom I had met once before was there. I had taken 2 guitars, and we jammed quite a bit during that weekend. Before it was all over, he had told me about his venture into recording and mixing, and the new computer and software he was getting. He asked me to send him something he could remix and also possibly add percussion to with his software. Well, Chris and I were both blown away by what Tim Weilgus was able to do with Anthem. One really interesting thing is, my original vocal, which is a slightly different melody by just a few notes, was still in there. I thought it strange, but Chris thought it eeiry and very interesting. Tim just thought it was there on purpose because I had not told him my lead vocal was given up to the newer melody of Chris. So even though it is musically strange in places, I learned to live with it. There is only so much to do when you don't have a big budget to go somewhere with lots of players and resources to make something JUST the way you want it. I hope one day to hear this song with live strings. Another track, a guitar, a had planned to scratch because in verse 3 it plays a momentary minor 3rd that should be major 3rd. I came out of it quick, but it was just a little too much for me. Well, that also got in their a little, and when Chris sings "Makes us Bound" their it is. I began to say to myself, this sort of works. It goes to the major 3rd quick sort of moving lyrically from "bound" to "sets us free". So anyways, now you know the rest of the story to date on this song, if you dared to read this far without being bored to tears. And hey, that is with, I'm sure, leaving out a lot.
Frazier Riddell - background vocal / guitars / percussion / bass guitar / strings
Chris Hall - lead vocals / background vocals
Tim Weilgus - MixDown / Master / additional percussion
©2012/2015 written by Frazier Riddell



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