Strung Out

As I said previously, I realized I didn’t have any love songs for the “Call Me Ishmael” album. So, just before we decided on the songs we would use for the album, I sat down to focus on writing a couple specifically for it.  I liked the “Love is the Drug” metaphor with that “Strung Out” conveys and concentrated on writing the song around it.  This song came together relatively quickly. I used a lot of major seventh chords throughout, to give the song a smooth jazz feel to it. Stephen Haaker came up with the idea to use the male-female vocal exchange, and so we got my daughter Kelly to sing the female lead and harmonies with me. Additionally, I had written the instrumental melody for guitar, but we came up with the idea of replacing the guitar with a muted trumpet in a back and forth exchange with a violin instead. This gave the song some real uniqueness and it really helped it take on the feel of a smokey jazz lounge. I played all the guitar parts, Rob Hall was on bass, Fabian Chavez was on conga’s and Stephen Haaker was on additional percussion. John Manness  and Bonnie Brooksbank had amazing contributions on Trumpet and Violin respectively, and my daughter Kelly Ciurczak shared lead vocals with me. Engineering and Production was done by Brett Grossman and Stephen Haaker. We recorded everything at Perfect Sound Studio’s in Frogtown and Cosmic Voyager Studio in Encino.

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