The latest song in my series of smooth songs is
Dream for Tomorrow. After the last three songs grew in complexity (and length of time it took to finish), I planned for this one to be less complex and more melodic. I decided to have an even slower tempo, so this one is set at 40 beats-per-minute (bpm).
I came up with the title after reading a lot of material lately that talks about how we're now living at the end of a 25,000-year cycle. From what I understand, for those of us who choose to live in the next cycle, which begins in 2012, we will live in a world of peace, harmony, clean air & water, food & shelter for all, and no dependence upon fossil fuels for travel--truly Heaven on Earth. So when you listen to this song, join me in that Dream for Tomorrow!
Before I started the recording process, I contacted one of my favorite smooth jazz guitarists, Ken Navarro (http://www.KenNavarro.com), to ask him which set of nylon strings he uses. He told me the exact ones (D'Addario EJ44C Pro-Arte Composite Extra Hard Acoustic Guitar Strings), so I bought a set of those and restrung the Washburn guitar with them. They seem to have a much brighter sound, which I really like. (Hey, if they can make Ken sound that good... ;-)
This is the first song that I've chosen to use my Epiphone Dot Studio semi-hollowbody electric guitar. I used it to play the rhythm guitar parts--it has a full, warm sound, so it seemed like a good mate for the Washburn nylon string guitar's lead parts. As in the last song, I've added no effects to the Washburn nylon string guitar, so you hear its natural sound.
During the Chorus sections of the song, I used the Yamaha MIDI keyboard with KeyRig's Stage Piano synthesizer software to play it as a Soft Grand Piano with a Syntheiser Pad, which gives it a nice fullness. Also in the Chorus sections, I wanted to try two flutes playing in harmony, which I had heard in one of my favorite new Acoustic Alchemy songs,
The Crossing. For a small band like Acoustic Alchemy (or a one-man-band like me!), it's not typical to have two flautists playing--that's more typical in an orchestra. But it sounds so unique in their song that I had to try it in mine--I hope you enjoy it!