This track began as a beat I recorded to play around with, for doing some rhythm guitar practice. It's not the kind of track I expected to be recording, but it got me hooked on the beat timings and the challlenge of adding different parts of the arrangement to get it to gel. The lyrics began as a bit of a laugh at myself while tinkering on the guitar. The lead breaks are meant to reflect the light hearted quirky feel which was the mood while I worked on it.
Once I got a verse and a chorus, then played in the bass it became obvious that I needed to finish getting the track together. It's all first takes which I don't want to sound too polished when I rework the track, I like to keep things shy of an almost mechanical delivery which can occur if instrumental parts are looped or sequenced. I have recently acquired a bass and although the instrument is new to me, I'd rather struggle and have the bass parts not quite perfect than simply choose a section or two to cut and paste in an audio editor.
I used an ESP 6 string bass, the electro accoustic is an Epiphone with a vibration pick-up under the bridge and an induction pick-up at the neck position. The lead parts are a Les Paul traditional pro with zebra burstbucker pick-ups and coil tapping. It was played through a valve amp and a Dunlop Wah, with a stereo split and both channnels inverted to get the airy but there tonality. I used the bridge pick-up and a fair amount of reverb.
The vocals are reasonably wide in the stereo plane with some chorus added to make the harmonic elements work with the tonality of the guitar strumming. I'm not a fan of modifying vocals in a big way, though it is required in respect of reverb or some chorus applied to prevent a completely dry vocal sounding like it belongs elsewhere. A home performance often lacks the ambiance of a big venue which plays its part in creating echo and reverberation as well as harmonics which reflect and blend into the overall sound.
I've written a lot of poetry which helps when working with meter and rhyme, but I do draw a distinction between lyrics and poetry which is a shame because I have enough poetry written to keep me recording as long as I'm likely to be around and sufficient to keep a subsequent generation well stocked with lyrical material, were it to be as straight forward as using poems for songs.