Episode 13: Laughing at Life, track by track! "Hallelujah, I Love (Him) So"
IN THIS EPISODE:
Hilary Gardner felt like Cinderella trying on the glass slipper when Oded brought in his arrangement of this Ray Charles classic. We discuss the point at which an arrangement becomes a structural part of a song, as well as the super-fun background vocals Oded wrote for Amy and Melissa.
RAY CHARLES, IN HIS OWN WORDS:
Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory. I can sit at my desk and write a whole arrangement in my head and never touch the piano. I bring in a sighted person and I dictate the notes, what kind of notes, where they're supposed to be, for what instrument, whether there's an F, whether it's a quarter note, whether it's an eighth note, a dotted quarter or whatever. I dictate the notes right here at my desk, and I never move because I play the piano, so I know what the chords are going to be.
I know what the structure is, I know how I want it to sound, and I can hear it in my head. But I have to remember what I had the reed section doing, what I had the trumpet section doing, and so on. If you're going to write an arrangement you've got to remember all those things....