Seal’s Crazy Production and Arrangement Secrets – How Trevor Horn Produced a Huge Hit

Seal and Trevor Horn perform CRAZY live!

Seal and Trevor Horn perform CRAZY live!

Seal's Crazy Production and Arrangement Secrets - How Trevor Horn Produced a Huge Hit is a case study of techniques that were used to make a highly successful pop rock track in 1991.This is a must-see video if you're interested in learning how to improve your production and arrangement of songs.

I cover many essential topics in song production, such as:- why great producers pay close attention to the song title and lyrics- which vocal techniques and special fx to use to enhance ​meaning- how to use a wah pedal, flanger and chorused guitar as special effects- effective use of ostinatos and arpeggios in the digital age- buildups and breakdowns in dynamics- transitions - how many scenes should a pop song have?

AND

Click on this link to get your FREE Excel spreadsheet SONG ARRANGER TEMPLATE! (This is an incredible technique to give your songs better structure, organization and cohesiveness for all your tracks!) To access and download the FREE Song Arrangement Spreadsheet Template discussed in the video, please click on this link:  

Guitarists will appreciate the chord studies in the video, as I use chord diagrams from Jamplay.com to walk you through key progressions from the song. You may not have seen or played some of these chords before!

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​An abridged version of this video (with the whole song playing in the background) may be accessed by clicking on this link.

 Case study: scene-by-scene analysis of Seal's hit song CRAZY - there's alot going on here! This is a long video, so I included a time-based index to important segments (that you can click on for quick access) - this timeline is clickable under the YouTube video on my channel.  To go to the video, please click on this link.

0:01 Introduction

1:35 Song arranger template (Excel spreadsheet blueprint)

2:30 The role of the song producer

3:30 How to break down a song scene-by-scene

5:40 What is song structure?

7:27 Atonality - Schoenberg, Bartok

7:35 Opening chord structure of the song

10:20 Scene 2 - orchestral hit

10:44 Wah pedals

11:54 Scene 3

13:50 Scene 4

14:38 Intro chords for guitar

15:25 Scene 5

16:10 Wah pedal, flange and chorused guitar FX demonstrated

19:08 Verse 1 vocal SFX

20:31 Scene 6

21:32 Verses 1, 2 chords for guitar

23:00 Scene 7 (verses 3,4)

23:53 Guitar chords for scene 7

24:48 Scene 9 - breaking it down a la Peter Gabriel's Rhythm of the Heat

27:00 Werewolves enter afar off in the distance

28:18 Scene 10 guitar chords

29:35 Scene 11

30:38 Scene 11 guitar chords

31:19 Scene 12

31:56 Scene 13

32:30 Scene 14

33:50 Scene 15 and guitar chord diagram

34:59 Scene 16 final resolution?

35:35 Interesting A sus and Em9 chords

36:21 Scene 17, the final scene fades out the song

37:48 Final thoughts and comments

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!

An MP3 of Seal's hit song CRAZY is available at Amazon by clicking on this link.

How to Arrange and Orchestrate a Pop Song – Case Study: Seal’s Love’s Divine

Trevor Horn with Seal at Music Producers Guild Award Ceremony

Trevor Horn with Seal at Music Producers Guild Award Ceremony

Just wanted to let everyone know that I just produced an educational music video on Trevor Horn's production of Seal's hit song Love's Divine.  This is a must-see video if you're interested in learning how to improve your production and arrangement of songs.  I cover many essential topics in song production, such as:

  • why great producers pay close attention to the song title and lyrics
  • which vocal techniques and special fx to use to enhance ​meaning
  •  a list of some of the best music producers that you should add to your playlists (in different genres)
  •  how to listen responsibly so as not to damage your ears
  • a personal list of FREE and great orchestration and arrangement web sites that are a must for producers and arrangers
  • two highly recommended books on the subject
  • the Top 9 factors you must consider when producing and arranging a song (what to pay close attention to)
  • how to create a template for your own productions (FREE Excel spreadsheet included)
  • Case study: scene-by-scene analysis of Seal's hit song Love's Divine - there's alot going on here!

To access the YouTube video, please click on this link.  I would greatly appreciate your sharing it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.  Please Like and Subscribe to the Ricky Molina YouTube channel!

To access and download the free Song Arrangement Spreadsheet discussed in the video, please click on this link.

Knights Prepare for Battle – new Epic Medieval Battle Scene Music by Ricky Molina

Knights Prepare for Battle is a cinematic epic piece written for a battle scene. The knights are preparing for battle, and they engage in fierce fighting. The music ends with a climactic tutti, as the action scene ends. It is written in a minor key, but has a lydian tonal sound, especially at the beginning. There are storm and snare drums but they are not overdone. Horns, winds and string sections also help build the tension in the second half of the piece. The rhythmic pace of the piece is set by pizzicato double bass and viola parts, with percussive interjections made by timpanic storm drums, woodblocks, tambourine, triangle, ratchet effects and harp for the build-up to the battle scene.

Knights Prepare for Battle - Epic Battle Scene Music

Links to all Ricky Molina music productions can be found on the Ricky Molina web site at: https://rickymolinaproductions.com/music/

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This track is available on:
on Nimbit at http://www.nimbitmusic.com/rickymolina/#knightsprepareforbattle

Credits

Composition, arrangement, mixing and mastering by Ricky Molina.

Video editing and production by Ricky Molina

Special thanks to all artists’ paintings that appear in the video. You can find them at CreativeCommons.org, Google Images and DeviantArt.com

Official web site:
https://rickymolinaproductions.com

Contact:
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EMail:
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Equipment Used

Vienna Instruments Pro for pizzicato string parts and orchestral percussion.
CineSymphony for legato strings and horns via Motif XF6
Project Sam Orchestral Essentials vol 2 for additional horns and winds and storm drums.
Orchestral Tools harp glissandos.
EZ Drummer for additional percussion parts.

 

PreSonus Studio One Pro v3.3 DAW

Effects Plugins: Izoptope Neutron, Slate VCC, VTM, Compression, EQ, FG-X, EZMix2, PreSonus ProEQ and multi-strip eq/compression.

 

Ricky Molina is a member of ASCAP as a songwriter and publisher and SoundExchange.

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New music video: Always Mine by Ricky Molina featuring Anna Volpe on vocals

Published on Jun 17, 2017

Always Mine by Ricky Molina

Always Mine by Ricky Molina

Always Mine is a melodic country ballad that mixes a melancholy personal relationship experience with a melodic feel in a major key. In that sense, the song is bitter-sweet, and the video captures this sense as well.

Anna Volpe does lead and background harmony vocals, while I'm doing the male vocal and guitar lead. Anna can be reached through her web site at https://www.annavolpe.com

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This music may fit into the country, light pop rock and/or easy listening categories.

Hi-fidelity recordings of this track are currently available on iTunes, Google Play and Nimbit.  To purchase your copy, please visit my music sales page by clicking on this link.  Thank you.

To purchase, please visit my music sales page
Always Mine by Ricky Molina Lyrics

Always Mine by Ricky Molina Lyrics

Credits

Composed, arranged, edited, produced, mixed and mastered by Ricky Molina.

Video editing and production using Camtasia, Canva and MS Excel by Ricky Molina

Official web site:
https://rickymolinaproductions.com

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Equipment Used

The guitar solo was recorded with e Fender Jaguar (Johnny Marr special edition) through a Fender Mustang amp DI into a PreSonus interface.

Berlin Strings for the string parts via Yamaha Motif XF6 controller.

Most percussion parts programmed using EZ Drummer.

Bass guitar by Spectrasonics Trillian.

PreSonus Studio One Pro v3.3 DAW

Effects Plugins: Izoptope Alloy2, Ozone 6, Neutron, Slate VCC, VTM, Compression, EQ, FG-X, EZMix2, Verb Suite Classics, PreSonus ProEQ and multi-strip eq/compression.


Ricky Molina is a member of ASCAP as a songwriter and publisher and SoundExchange.

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New YouTube music video release! The Nobel Laureate – a tribute to great poets and their literary work

The Nobel Laureate - W.B. Yeats  et al

The Nobel Laureate - W.B. Yeats et al

This is an orchestral piece with classical guitar, strings, woodwinds and a horn section. It is written in the key of G major with a slow tempo (andante).  It was written and arranged by Ricky Molina in May of 2017.  The melody interchanges between classical guitar, strings, horns and finally with flutes. ​This music is perfect for rest and relaxation, for work, for study etc.

This track is available on: 

iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/prelude-for-the-nobel-laureate-single/id1237826470?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4  

Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Ricky_Molina_Prelude_for_the_Nobel_Laureate?id=Btmyt4yaglttdnptokaqzrtu3oi 

Nimbit at http://www.nimbitmusic.com/rickymolina/#preludeforthenobellaureate

Credits

Classical guitar - Ricky MolinaStrings, woodwinds and horns arrangement by Ricky Molina                                                                            

Video editing and production - Ricky Molina

Official web site: http://rickymolinaproductions.com

eMail: for business inquiries (creating music for your business, studio session production work) as well as collaborations please contact me via email at ricky@rickymolinaproductions.com   

Contact: https://www.rickymolinaproductions.com/contact/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rickymolinamusic/

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Equipment used: the classical solo guitar (Cordoba Studio Negra) part was mic'd with a Rode NT-1 into a PreSonus tube pre-amp, then to a PreSonus audiobox interface. Fender blues junior tube amplifier. CineSymphony for legato strings and horns via Motif XF6 controller. Vienna Symphony and Instruments Pro for strings and flutes.PreSonus Studio One Pro v3.3 DAWEffects Plugins: Izoptope Alloy2, Ozone 6, Neutron, Slate VCC, VTM, Compression, EQ, FG-X, EZMix2, PreSonus ProEQ and FatChannel multi-strip eq/compression.

Recommended collections of poetry from the poets in this music video:  

WH Auden Collected Poems 

Wislawa Szymborska Poems New and Collected 

TS Eliot Collected Poems 1909 -1962

Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral (English and Spanish Edition)

The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz: 1957-1987 (Bilingual Edition)

YouTube video available by clicking on this link.

Safecreative.org Registration code: 1705162349286       ISRC QZ6931700004 ​

Ricky Molina is a member of ASCAP as a songwriter and publisher and SoundExchange.

New Motivational Music Video added to Ricky Molina YouTube Channel – Perseverance – Success – Ascend to Reach Your Goals

Ascent Assent - New YouTube Music Video by Ricky Molina

Ascent Assent - New YouTube Music Video by Ricky Molina

This is a motivational music video about the importance of persevering. It is a sample of inspirational music that I write for motivational speakers, presentations as well as for business marketing. The music for this video, entitled "Ascent Assent," is available for download at https://rickymolinaproductions.com/music/     as well as at http://www.nimbitmusic.com/rickymolina/#islandvacationgetawaycommercialadmusic

This upbeat melody is perfect for a commercial ad, marketing or for a corporate presentation with a positive, inspiring motivational message. The melody is played by a plucked nylon guitar with reverb and is supported by harmonic synth pads. The groove gets you going at 120 bpm and is comprised of shakers, handclaps, and ethnic/world drum kits, fused together in a tasteful and not overbearing manner. The highlight of the piece is its climbing motif, which has a motivational air about it. The rhythmic groove is also supported by layers of acoustic guitar strumming and arpeggiating.Vocal musical commercial productions are also available.

Other commercial genres/moods that I write music for include action, epic, adventure, cheerful-happy, tension and suspense, dramatic, dance techno-edm,agitated, boisterous, confident-heroic, spooky, horror, dignified-noble, ecstatic, dynamic energetic, nostalgic, explosive, fantasy-mystical, pulsating, spacey-ambient, jovial, sexy, solemn-hymn-like, cartoonish, childlike, home-centric-family-supportive, peaceful.

Credits - all instruments played or programmed by Ricky Molina.This includes percussion -, drums, rim shots, shakers, cymbals, bass guitar, acoustic guitars, nylon string guitar, electric piano, synths and effects.Arrangement and production by Ricky Molina.Mastered by Ricky MolinaVideo editing and production -

Ricky Molina~Official web site https://www.rickymolinaproductions.com

~Contact ~For business inquiries (creating music for your marketing needs, studio session production work, video production work), please contact me at ricky@rickymolinaproductions.com

Collaborators, producers, supervisors - please contact me via email message at ricky@rickymolinaproductions.com for original music projects.  

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Ricky Molina is a member of ASCAP as a songwriter and publisher.

This song is copyright protected through SafeCreative.org 1705052243069

ISRC QZ6931700003 (music)

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Tips and Exercises for Learning Fingerpicking and Fingerstyle Guitar 

In this music instructional video, I discuss how to improve your guitar fingerpicking and show you a few examples from classical guitar, rock and country - including Matteo Carcassi, Kansas' Dust in the Wind, Duane Allman's Little Martha and The Indigo Girls' Watershed.

Among the questions covered in this video are:

· How long should my fingernails be for fingerpicking style playing?

· Why is classical guitar essential for learning how to fingerpick?

· Which instructional books are essential and would you recommend for honing the craft of fingerstyle playing?

· Which songs and artists inspired you over the to learn how to play fingerstyle guitar?

· How should I position my picking hand and arm to play fingerstyle guitar?

· What's the difference between playing classical arpeggios vs. jazz guitar arpeggios?

Learn How to Play Fingerstyle Guitar - RickyMolinaProductions.com

There are some notable books that I recommend in this video that have great fingerpicking exercises and examples:

Matteo Carcassi Classical Guitar Method, Op. 59

The Carcassi Method edited by Philippe Bertaud

The Carcassi Method edited by Philippe Bertaud

Andres Segovia - 20 Studies for the Guitar by Fernando Sor

Studies for the Guitar Fernando Sor edited by Segovia

Studies for the Guitar Fernando Sor edited by Segovia

​I also highly recommend listening to the following albums, particularly the tracks mentioned in the video:

The Best of Kansas

Kansas Dust in the Wind

Kansas Dust in the Wind

Indigo Girls: Nomads, Indians and Saints

Indigo Girls - Nomads, Indians and Saints

Indigo Girls - Nomads, Indians and Saints - Watershed

Eat a Peach by the Allman Brothers Band

Eat a Peach - The Allman Brothers Band

Eat a Peach - The Allman Brothers Band - Little Martha

Sor: Complete Studies for Guitar by Enea Leone

Fernando Sor: Complete Studies for Guitar performed by Enea Leone

Fernando Sor: Complete Studies for Guitar performed by Enea Leone

Equipment used in the production of this video:

Cordoba Studio Negra classical

Froggy Bottom acoustic

Rode NT-1 microphone

PreSonus Studio Channel tube pre-amp

Slate VCC, FG-116 Modern compressor, CS EQ, Revival, Virtual Tape Machine (VTM)

Izoptope Neutron

PreSonus Room Reverb and Binaural Pan

PreSonus Studio One Pro 3 DAW

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions – or business inquiries (about creating music for your business, studio session production work), or would like to collaborate on a music/video project please contact me at ricky@rickymolinaproductions.com

To access the YouTube video for this blog post,  please click on this link.

How to Send Large Music or Video files via email

In this article and video, I show you how to get around email file size limitations, which is very useful as a songwriter, composer or videographer.  Say you're collaborating with another musician and need to send some stems or an instrumental track to them but the file size exceeds the maximum 25 to 50 MB file size limit (as is the case with every email provider like hotmail, sbcglobal, at&t - even Google Drive. 

The way to get around it is to:

  1. Upload your song or video to a mega-file-storage service like Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive or Dropbox.
  2. Create a link for that file
  3. Send an email to your friend or target recipient with that link enclosed​

​That's pretty much it.  The recipient simply has to open the email and click on that link, which enables him/her to download your file.

For a YouTube video demonstration of this solution in action, please click ​on this link.

How to send large music and video files via email

How to send large music and video files via email

How to Strum and Pick a Guitar – Which Guitar Pick Should I Use?

A video version of this article can be found on the Ricky Molina YouTube channel by clicking on this link.

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Your find find a great variety pack of Fender guitar picks by clicking on this link.

In this music instructional video, we discuss the importance of choosing the right guitar pick to get the type of sound that you're looking for.

· What types of guitar picks are available?

· Which are better for strumming and comping?

· Which are better for playing solos?

· Which picks are best for particular styles of music?

One of the guitar icons that I’ll mention in this article is Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who used a combination of picking with a plectrum and finger-picking. This is especially the case on acoustic numbers like The Rain Song or Goin' to California.

Jimmy Page live Unledded 1994 tour

Jimmy Page's pick of choice...

Herco-Flex-75-Nylon-Guitar-Pick

Herco-Flex-75-Nylon-Guitar-Pick

Page holds the pick between his thumb and index finger, and arpeggiates a chord by picking with down-strokes and finger-pick with up-strokes. Strumming chords would of course entail down and up-strokes with a pick. I demonstrate how he does this in the video (see the link above). Page uses a regular sized pick made by Herco, the Herco Nylon Flex 75, which is a flexible yet durable nylon pick with an anti-slip grip. 

Choosing a pick really comes down to two issues: size and thickness.  I would say that thickness is more important than size, and in general, thicker guitar picks are more suitable for thicker guitar strings.  Meanwhile, thin guitar picks are better for strumming in my opinion.  You get a nice percussive sound as you sweep across the strings with a thin pick.  That's not to say that you couldn't use a medium to hard thickness for strumming, it's just that I prefer the flexibility and the sound of thin picks for strumming.  Indeed, just as is the case for guitar strings, you get more sustain and projection from thicker picks - but you lose the flexibility of that sweeping sound for strumming.     

Certainly for bass guitar, if you choose to use a pick, as Chris Squire from Yes or Paul McCartney from The Beatles did, you would use a thick and somewhat larger guitar pick.  Jazz soloists who play flatwounds with thicker bass strings fall into this category as well.

Melissa Eat a Peach

Melissa Eat a Peach

Two great examples of strummed guitar songs that I recommend getting familar with are Melissa by The Allman Brothers Band from the Eat A Peach album and Give a Little Bit by Supertramp (cover version by the Goo Goo Dolls).  For strumming, once again, I would recommend using thin picks (regular size) as these are more flexible and have a nice sound at higher frequencies in the recording studio​.  You can always tone down the higher end frequencies using an EQ plugin in the mixing processs - but you wouldn't be able to add it in if you started out by using the lower frequency tone of a medium or hard pick.    

Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery

In the jazz world, it's notable that Wes Montgomery did not use a pick (he used the fleshy part of his right thumb), while George Benson uses a Fender medium pick.  Joe Pass preferred smaller teardrop-sized picks (medium thickness).  Joe Pass also liked finger-style picking for chord-melody arrangements, and once said that if he does use a pick it would have to be small.  Larger picks, Pass felt, are that much more removed from the body, implying that the closer the guitar is to the body, the more soul you could convey through his music. ​

George Benson

As far as fast picking is concerned, look to no other than Al DiMeola for direction and inspiration.  DiMeola is from New Jersey and attended the Berklee College of Music.  He is noted for being one of the faster jazz-fusion guitarists around, with a Spanish flair in his scales and chord progressions (think Phrygian mode), often blended with harmonic minor, melodic minor, diminished, major and dorian scale tones.  DiMeola uses a medium thickness pick, usually regular size, and will rub the rounder end of the pick against the strings with rapid up and down strokes to achieve faster speeds.  For slower melodic runs, DiMeola prefers to use downward picking strokes - this provides stronger attacks and a louder, more enduring resonance.  DiMeola says that it's critical to tap your foot while playing anything, so you get the beat soldered into your brain while playing - this is what enables you to play off-beat (syncopated) with the ability to come back into the prevailing groove.  Picking with and off the beat is more important than anything you do with the left (i.e. the fingering) hand, in DiMeola's opinion.  

Another picking approach that DiMeola is noted for is muting the strings while picking.  He does this by resting the right edge of his right palm just in front of the bridge (please see my video demo of this), while picking.  This works especially well with acoustic steel and nylon string guitars.  

To appreciate DiMeola's style of playing, I would suggest listening to the Casino album, as well as the classic must-have album for all serious guitarists - Friday Night in San Francisco with Al DiMeola, McLaughlin and Pac DeLucia.  In particular, have a listen to the Fantasia Suite track - which will absolutely blow your mind if you're into fast runs.  The melodic Spanish progression (this time in a major key!) is also unforgettable.  I also like the studio version of this song on the Casino album very much.  

In sum, the best thing to do as far as picking technique is concerned, is to (a) listen to great guitarists and (b) to acquire a variety pack of guitar picks - large, medium and small - heavy, medium and thin​s.  Try them all out across different styles and different guitars.  Try playing high up the neck, over the rosetta, and down close to the bridge.  Generally speaking, the thicker the guitar strings, the thicker the pick should be.  For strumming, I highly recommend using thin picks (medium size) to get that sweet, soft percussive sweep across the strings.  Soloing will require medium thickness - either teardrop or medium size will do.  Bass guitarists will need bigger, heavy picks, unless fingerstyle is preferred.  

Fender Guitar Picks Variety Pack

Fender Guitar Picks Variety Pack

Finally, don't forget the beauty of finger-picking - where you're fingernails provide the most natural sound possible.  This will be the subject of another blog post.  So stay tuned.

N.B. I'd like to hear your comments, feedback and suggestions about this and other articles on my web site. Thanks for reading and sharing this post with your friends!​

New YouTube music video added – Weight of a Whisper – a bossa nova song with flamenco overtones

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that I composed and produced a new song called Weight of a Whisper.

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Weight of a Whisper - Relaxing Bossa Nova - Flamenco Music - Soft Jazz

Weight of a Whisper – Relaxing Bossa Nova – Flamenco Music – Soft Jazz


To access the YouTube video, you can visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=O_iVPNGe5V8

Thank you.
This music is available to the public. Your donations are greatly appreciated via PayPal at https://www.paypal.me/rickymolinamusic


Thank you!
This music video is cross-cultural. It is a bossa nova composition, with latin music rhythms, written in the key of E major, with some quartal harmonies and a break in Em9.  Originally written as a latin instrumental or ballad, the song has a flowing melody, with a tenor sax taking the lead and a jazz guitar leading the break and providing harmonies. The song is written at 120 bpm.
The visual images, however, are flamenco dance scenes from various artists.  Flamenco music is a gypsy kind of music from Andalucia, southern Spain.  It is often performed by female dancers who do not sing, but dance in a flowing manner, raising and lowering their arms as if to pick oranges from the tops of trees,  only to squeeze them gracefully with their fingers.  Singing is often done by male singers in a Morisco type of chant in the Phrygian (intense minor) mode.  Rhythms typically can be heard from group clapping, foot stomping from the heels of the dancers, castinets and by the strumming of the guitars.
This musical composition is not written in the Phrygian mode however.  As mentioned, it is written in a major key, that shifts into mystical quartal harmonies at the break.  The Latin rhythms are flowing and not staccato as many Flamenco rhythms are. So there’s definitely a cross-cultural thing going on here.  However, as a guitarist who visited southern Spain to see Flamenco dancing first-hand, I could not escape the mystery and allure of the Spanish dancers in these paintings.  Notice the sequence of the aging accompanying guitarists in the video. Their guitars are held in their laps with a passion that mimics their adoration of the curvature and long necks of the Flamenco dancers themselves.
The artwork in the video is available on Pinterest.com, Etsy.com, AliExpress.com Alamy.com and CreativeCommons.org
I am currently working with a lyricist and vocalist to produce a vocal version of this song as well.
Credits
Acoustic bass – Neil Swainson
Piano – Kenny Barron
Drums – Terry Clarke
Vibes – Steve Nelson
Tenor sax – Moe Tief Sixt
Guitars – Ricky Molina
Percussion – Ricky Molina
Strings – Ricky Molina
Video editing and production – Ricky Molina
Equipment Used
The solo guitar parts was mic’d with a Rode NT-1 and DI via Boss ME-80 into a PreSonus audiobox interface – D’Angelico EXL-1 New York jazz guitar.
Rhythm guitar (strumming) on a Froggy Bottom acoustic guitar.
CineSymphony Litefor legato strings.  Motif XF6 piano, EZ Drummer for most percussion parts. Cordoba GK Studio Negra electric classical guitar.
PreSonus Studio One Pro v3.3 DAW
Effects Plugins: Soundtoys EchBoy, Izoptope Alloy2, Ozone 6, Neutron, Slate VCC, VTM, Compression, EQ, FG-X, EZMix2, PreSonus ProEQ and FatChannel multi-strip eq/compression.
Ricky Molina is a member of ASCAP as a songwriter and publisher.
Safecreative.org Registration code: 1702270832303
ISRCQZ6931700001
I’m looking for Patreon.com type of supporters to help me hire other musicians (lead vocalists mainly), and videographers for future projects like this one, in other genres as well. I’m open to different styles of music with a positive message. I love jazz, classical, R&B, funk, rock, pop, country, world-ethnic and ambient music and have written original compositions in all of these styles. If you would like to help me out along these lines for my next music project, please contact me at ricky@rickymolinaproductions.com  Thank you so much.
Your donations to help support me in producing more videos like this one are greatly appreciated. To make a donation, please click on this link: https://www.paypal.me/rickymolinamusic Thank you!