@elesimo[archived]: I received the tape only on March 1st, due to delays in the mail because of weather and other shenanigans. The tape had guitar, synth and drums, leaving for me the 4th track with the click.
I felt that the song was missing a bass, as well as vocals, so I decided that I had to bounce the existing tracks in order to make some space. Since I wanted to have the guitar and the synth separate in the stereo field I mixed the 3 existing tracks down to 2: guitar and half-volume drums on track 4, and synth and half-volume drums on track 1. This way I could pan each track to a side and keep the drums in the middle at the same level.
Once I had 2 open tracks (2 and 3) I recorded the bass on track 2 during the weekend, and today I recorded vocals on track 3. I wanted to do the mix on the 4-track instead of using a computer, so I used the Empress ZOIA to add compression to vocals and a room reverb to everything, recording directly to a Zoom recorder.
I really like how it turned out! Bass and vocals are definitely out of my comfort zone, but I think the bass tied up everything together and I really like the lyrics.
[verse 1] It’s just another day Painting the sky of gray Shades of sadness and regret As I stand by myself An empty bookshelf Where our stories met Oh, I’ve seen this rain Oh, I’ve felt this pain I know It’s not over yet I’m rolling on the dirt I’m trying to stay alert Trying to forget [verse 2] Is this the only way? Where did things go astray? Why did it end so soon? I look up to the sky I keep my spirits high Trying to attune I had so simple dreams I had it all it seems I was going to the moon And now I lost it all I’m diving in free fall The world is out of tune [chorus 1] So tell me of all the thing you miss Is there some space for us? I can move on if I know that You’re alright So tell me of all the things we did Were there good things Thing to show We did right? [verse 3] And when I think of you And all we both went through There’s so much to see Not everything was bad Not everyone was sad I think that you’ll agree I focus on the good I did the best I could As good as I could be I carry that with love It’s what stays above The memories of you and me [chorus 2] So tell me if you could go back in time Would you change our story darling Make it different Shed some light? So tell me of all the thing you miss Is there space for some of us? I can move on if I know that You’re alright So tell me of all the things we did Were there good things Thing to show We did right [verse 4] It’s just another day Painting the sky of gray Shades of sadness and regret Oh, I’ve seen this rain Oh, I’ve felt this pain I know It’s not over yet And I stand by myself An empty bookshelf Where our stories met I’m rolling on the dirt I’m trying to stay alert Trying to forget