As Strong as
Ronnie D'Addario – voices and all instruments
RD: As Strong As Samson,
my favorite song from the Exotic Birds album.
I started with this concept: Procol has never done much harmony other than choirs, so I approached it from the standpoint of 'that's an area where I won't have to compete with the original.'
Many of the other artists on the Palers' albums choose to not try to duplicate the originals which I think is a good idea. BJ's drumming on this tune is not something I would even attempt to copy and it probably would take away from what I really wanted to highlight on my version.
I took some of Gary's improvs and made harmony parts out of them so that they would counterpoint each other and, of course, harmonize with each other, and I made up a lot of stuff as well. Because of time, I cut out the last chorus, but tried to incorporate what was there into my last chorus. The chords are basically the same.
I use some of the same instrumentation, but they're playing completely different parts. I chose this song because, surprisingly, no one had done it yet. I'm pleased with the way it turned out because I was very hesitant when I started. I didn't know what I could come up with for this. But it turned out OK and I hope you like it.
Mixing console: Allen and Heath Mix Wiz 16:2dx
Software: Digital Performer
Sound module: Roland JV1080
Mic: Shure KSM44
Speakers: powered Yamaha studio monitors