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My Newest Recording – Bridge To Cross

June 11th, 2011 . by Alexander Fisher

Conney JoAnn (Kelly) FisherI actually wrote most of Bridge To Cross years ago. I knew it was about losing someone, I just didn’t know who. When I was sitting by my mother’s bed in the nursing home last year after her first major stroke, I realized it was about her. I guess I hoped I wouldn’t have to finish it. Especially so soon. My mother, Conney JoAnn (Kelly) Fisher,  passed away June 2, leaving a large void in my life. I know time will help to ease my pain, but I will never be the same without her.

Bridge To Cross

[audio: to Cross 20110611_1220mcd.mp3]

I played acoustic guitar using my Takamine G-series jumbo. I played electric guitar on my Fender Stratocaster. The bass was my Rickenbacker 4001. I recorded the keyboard part using a Roland MIDI slave keyboard and the TruePianos plug-in. I also played tambourine on this track.

The guitar parts are slightly flat in pitch compared to the keyboards, but not by much. I tried to fix it, but I really couldn’t find an acceptable way to do it without re-recording the whole song. I may re-record this song someday, but I was really surprised at how well it turned out. The analog tracks were originally recorded on my Yamaha MT-100 II 4 track cassette recorder using  dbx noise reduction. The newer digital tracks were recorded using Cakewalk Sonar and my PreSonus Firebox interface.

I wrote the song and sang all the vocals. I processed it with Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 Producer and Sony Sound Forge 9.