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Apple Tree

by Sara Tiemogo

A feel-good, laid-back, happy-go-lucky song about choosing good apples. Vocal harmonies, guitar, piano, REAL acoustic violin and drums give this song a full sound while still keeping the overall feel carefree and light.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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I travelled from Philadelphia, PA to Plain City, OH with my drummer (Terrance Gaines) to record this song. In the back of my gas-guzzling SUV jingled tambourines, egg shakers, guitars, a violin, drums, my keyboard, and an array of other instruments that we might need. After the 10+ hour trip we checked in to a hotel and shuffled off to our rooms with our arms and shoulders weighed down with all of the instruments we could carry. Knowing we had only one day to record this song and we needed to be at our best the next morning, I stayed up for a little while to practice the violin parts, but tried to sleep early.

The next morning (January 14th, 2012) the ground was covered with a layer of sparkling white snow. We checked out and lugged all of our gear back out to the car in the cold. Universal Recording Studio was about 20 minutes away, but we made it by the 9am appointment time to record. We brought all of our things inside the old white farmhouse-turned-studio and met the producer, Tim Kennon.

We had a lot of fun recording all of the layers of sound. I sometimes get asked if I had backup singers or a choir there with me - I actually recorded all of the vocal layers myself (without the help of a harmonizer or melodyne). I recorded the piano part first, as it was the backbone for the song. Terrance did all of the drum work, bass and the percussion parts. I had planned on only adding one violin part, but when the pieces came together, the part I had planned on playing didn't fit as well as I'd hoped. I tried something completely different and it worked well for the song. We recorded 3 other layers of violin to support the main part, and played around with the idea of letting it sound "orchestral" after the bridge by leaving all the parts as a balanced mix. The mixing and mastering crew ended up bringing out the main line and quieting the other violin parts to add some depth and support.

As a background sound, I added acoustic guitar. I wasn't even sure if I was going to add guitar to this song, but I thought it would give it a nice stringy sound in the background. The guitar part was recorded with a capo, which gave it a higher and more carefree sound. I had to do about 3 takes of the guitar part, because guitar is really not my strongest instrument, and I would admit that I only play it at an intermediate level of proficiency. When I got the track in my email after the final mixing and mastering I was VERY surprised to hear that the guitar was brought forward in the mix. And it sounded great! The instrumental balance in this song is a lot different from my usual songs, and I love variety.

This is one of my favorite songs, both musically and lyrically. :) I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!



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