Since You Showed Me How to Be Happy



by Jackie Wilson

~ Layers of Sound ~

If you look through my music collection, one of the things you’ll notice is that I like well-produced music. There’s certainly a place for a raw, rough performance, especially live. But when you’re crafting that perfect three or four minute radio song, take the time to get it right.

On this one, there’s about five distinct layers of music in here, from the heavy driving backbeat by the drummer, to a simple repeating chord riff by the guitarist. There’s two separate horn sections on here and they’re both fantastic. It would be awesome to isolate just that horn riff leading into the bridge, that also doubles as the “guitar solo” and use that as my ringtone for the rest of my life.

Instead, we’ve got to be happy with this near perfect bit of radio rock.

There’s about 11 different versions of this song out there. This video is the closest mix I can find to the album version I’ve got, and many of the others have much muddier production that make the layers of sound that much harder to identify.

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