John Rivera | Urban Night

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Urban Night

by John Rivera

My music is smooth easy listening very catchy and romantic pop/jazz that has elements of sade and seal. i write all my songs on accoustic guitar it has a mellow feel like a fine wine.
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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  Song Share Time Download
1. soft illusion
4:37 album only
2. paris
4:25 album only
3. lets make love 2night
4:51 album only
4. don't want to live without your love
3:40 album only
5. crown of thorns
4:36 album only
6. memory
4:52 album only
7. light of love
5:19 album only
8. i'll be loving you
3:34 album only
9. smooth ride
4:57 album only
10. the sun
4:00 album only
11. believe in yourself
5:39 album only
12. crown reprise
4:15 album only


Album Notes
The album Urban Night had a very humble beginning. In early 04, found myself sitting at my kitchen table strumming my guitar when all of a sudden, a song came out of the air. This has happened before many times and my fear was that said song would soon melt into the mist like they have so many times before. So i pulled out this little cassett player, the kind that people use to record speechs and such and started recording the song. I wrote "Soft Illusion" in about a half an hour. About a week after that I thought, "what the hell, its been a while". I decided to record a record album. At that point I had a choice to make, do I make an all accustic record or a full blown pop album? I started recording guitar and vocal tracks on my korg multi-track and it soon became apparent that the songs needed bass, and keyboard. It became apparent that I should opt for the second choice. So I called my old friend Robert Fields and asked him if he'd be interested in laying down some keyboards. So we laid down "Soft Illusion" and "Don't Want To Live (Without Your Love). As I said, I had already done some pre-production on my korg, laying down my guitar and some vocals and it was no problem bringing the recorder over to Bob's and making some music. I asked him to put keybass on "Illusions" because I like keybass, I like its fludity, but for "Don't Want To Live", there is a different story. I happened to go to the music store and overheard the salesman saying that he played bass and so I asked him if he'd be interested in playing on a song that I was recording at my home. He said sure. So the following week he showed up at my house, sat down in the living room, aced the song in one take, i paid him and he left. I only got his first name and I forgot it! Like i said, the album had humble beginnings. So now my idea was to make a simple CD here in my home, accustic based but pop oriented. About a month after I began laying down general ideas in my home studio (and i use the term loosly) I decided to shop around for a computer upgrade and while at the local computer shop, the owner told me about "this one, the kind the guys at the studio around the corner use". Well, needless to say, I forgot right away about the computer and had to investigate the "new studio". Seems that they've been there for a while, just very low key. I met Dax the owner, and he refered me to Macho Ortega, I called and made an appointment. I told Macho that I would like to try a song at Tunnell Rats Studio and we set a date the following week. I decided to embellish "Soft Illusion" and my idea still was to do most of the work at home and bring in the files and just add some finishing touchs. Wrong again. The more i worked with Macho, and Carlos and the rest of the Tunnell Rats, the more they impressed me. Macho brought in Donivan and Jake, keyboards and drums and Mike to lay the synth on "Crown Of Thorns". Every night we'd bring in coffee and record and then i'd go home and listen to the takes and find myself awake at 3 am. The price of being a musician. "Lets Make Love 2Nite" was a song I had written a few years ago and during the recording process Macho's evolving role of co-producer became apparent when he contributed the bridge and the idea of the backup harmonies. So he became co-writter on the song. The same thing happened on "Believe In Yourself", an inspirational jazz tune i wrote many years ago. We decided to bring in a couple of cats from the "Midnighters", the awsome east LA doo wopp band from the 60's who are still playing with Little Willie G and tearing it up in 2004 to lay down the trumpet on "Believe" and the sax version of "Crown" calling it "Crown Reprise". The project which started out as a home studio demo CD now had a producer and many world class musicians. And that's the truth, for instance we had to work around Donivan's schedule as he worked in london once a month and Ray, the percussionist on "Don't want to live" and "I'll Be Loving You" couldn't do the tracks until he came back from Miami and the MTV music awards where he played for Christina Agularri and Nelly. The first pre-production work began in Feb and by June I told recording engineer Carlos and Macho that I needed to have the album done before Christmas. That gave us 8 months and we came in right under the wire. We decided to master it at Threshold Sound and Vision in Santa Monica. Jeff King, (the king himself!) mastered it in a session that began at 7pm and lasted just over 6 hours. Jeff has worked with Seal, Sting, Macy Grey and many others and i was very confident that he could master "Urban Night" with the same taste and punch. He did. Plus he loves motorcycles as I do, (one of my other loves is my old harley) so we had a lot of fun that night talking about bikes and music.
Making an album is a lot of work, a lot of fun and a lot of frustration rolled into one labor of love. "Urban Night" is an introspective peice that makes you feel the city lights and the many subtle nuances of love lost and new love and hope and sadness that city nights reveal. Its jazz and pop and well, very "urban". I hope you enjoy it as much as i enjoyed making it.



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