(c) 2003 by Lewis D'Aubin
"Uhhh, Lab Girl, can you lend us a hand?" "I think I saw a hand over here in a jar!" "No no no no no, don't touch tha..." "Ewwww, it's crawling around all over the floor! Do you still want it?"
Early in 2003 I was having lunch with Chris Flattmann, my former bassist. While munching on his shrimp poboy, Chris casually mentioned that he had discovered that singing like Neil Diamond was the same as singing like James Hetfield of Metallica. Whoa. The awful truth of this amazing concept sunk in and stayed with me until a couple weeks later when I was eating dinner with my wife. I was eating a shrimp poboy when suddenly I began laughing uncontrollably. "Uh oh," said Jeannine... "either you've lost your mind or you just wrote another new song." She was right! On both counts!
At the next C.O.G. practice I demoed the first verse and chorus of this song to the band. By the next practice I had the bridge and the rest of the lyrics. This awful ballad came right on the heels of 'I Have the Power' and chordally they're kind of similar.
Recording this puppy took a little bit of time. The drums I played on the demo were tweaked a little but essentially preserved. I had to reperform the lead vocals a few times to get the authentic Neil Diamond 'feel'. It's also worth noting that this was the only song I used the Antares Mic Modelling plugin on, in order to make my AKG C3000 sound a little more like an old Neumann U87. In the end, the lead vocals were easy, but the background harmony 'ahhhh' vocals were really NOT and I spent a week punching away at them until I was happy. We also got the whole band and my wife to lay down the gang vocals on the end. Then I got my friend Emkay Anderson to come in to replace my mickey mouse piano parts with real meaty chords - unlike most C.O.G. songs, the piano is the center of this song. For guitars, we used Jeff's Ovation through the POD XT on one channel, and my friend D.J. Ragas's beautiful Ibanez acoustic on the other. And as usual, Jim recorded his Musicman bass digitally through the Johnson J-Station. It's also worth noting that I was never happy with this song's mix until I came up with my multiband re-mastering technique, during the final month of production on 'In C.O.G. We Trust'. I developed the approach essentially to keep from having to remix this song and it worked so well, I applied it to most of the other mixes.
Lead vocal......Lewis D'Aubin
Backing vocals..Lewis D'Aubin, Beth Patterson
Recorded and mixed 2003 at C.O.G. Secret Lab, Harahan LA