This is a "concept" album. We designed each Track so it would be played "in order" and without any gaps between the songs. The best listening experience is through headphones. We positioned "Night Of A Thousand Years" as the "representative song", here on BandCamp, but if you enjoy it, please start with this album's first Track: "Dialog - The Broken Chord". They will each play, in succession and without any gaps between them.
Also, as a Bonus for purchasing this album, you will receive the accompanying Poster in your download. It contains all the Lyrics, some artwork and some comments about most of the Songs as well as the music gear we used to create these incredible sounds.
Sylvia and I make-up the band "Infinity". We both moved from opposite ends of the United States, at different times, and met in New Mexico in 1980. In 1987 we were married. In 2011, we spent 3 horrible weeks in hospice and on 4/9/11 My Sylvia "crossed-over".
We've been Musicians all our lives but "life" kept getting in the way and our music career was pushed into the background. Several months before Sylvia "crossed", she said it was Time for us to change our life and focus everything on making music. While in hospice, we talked about this again. A few months after Sylvia "crossed", she indicated that "it's Time for us to start working on OUR songs." (Our "original" songs.)
For many more months, I dragged my feet, not wanting to start this album, because, even now, I still feel that overwhelmingly-crushing emptiness of her not being right here with me. On some days, it's difficult to function more than I have to.
In 2014, we finally began working on this album. I don't "Channel" Sylvia but I can, somehow, "sense" what she's suggesting. She sends me images, dreams, insights, feelings and more than I could find words for.
Sylvia works on the songs from "her" side of the "Veil". When she's ready to send me that song, I'll "just know". She sent most of these songs to me as pieces... melodic phrases, sound ideas, rhythms, lyrics, etc. It's then my job to "assemble" everything into an actual "song".
I know "I" didn't write these songs. Although I have written a few songs in the past, mine have very basic melodies and almost no harmony. The songs on this album are well-crafted, have interesting melodies, supportive harmonies and insightful lyrics. THAT'S how My Sylvia writes music. So I know these came from her.
Sylvia plays Keyboards, is an excellent Singer and Composes. I'm a Drummer and Synthesist (sound designer).
The "male" voice on this album, except for the computer-generated voice in "Dialog - Inextinguishable", is me. All my life, I've been a Drummer and Synthesist. Many times I thought I was a "Singer" but after doing this album... I'm NOT a Singer. I told Sylvia I couldn't sing those songs but she said "This is what we have to work with" and she gave me a few singing and breathing lessons (from "the other side"). So we go through it.
The "female" voice, representing "Sylvia", is computer software from Yamaha and is called "Vocaloid - Cyber Diva". Although "she" sings fairly well, she doesn't "talk". In a couple of songs, especially "Dialog - The Broken Chord", I had to program her to talk. She didn't do a very good job of it but her "talking-style" does lend itself to the mysteriousness of working through the "Veil".
Some of the songs Sylvia sent me were very complicated. At least for "me". For example, Sylvia wanted "Night Of A Thousand Years" to a "Symphonic" piece. As I was exploring possible instrument sounds, from our music gear, I had to remember to stay within her guidelines of using "traditional instruments" played in their "traditional style". In other words, I couldn't use an Analog Synthesizer, to create the sound of a Timpani and I couldn't play that (virtual) instrument higher or lower than a standard Timpani's melodic range. I had to use a real-recorded (sampled) "Timpani" and play it properly.
Probably the most difficult song for me to bring-through from Sylvia AND to actually "play", is "Time Machine". This song has different "Time Signatures" (3/4, 4/4, 5/4), "Styles" (March, Rock, etc.), "Tempos" and many different sounds. It took me quite a while to put that puzzle together. The drum part alone took me 2-weeks to figure out and practice before I could play it all the way through in a single recording.
Between my Roland electronic drumset and my Octapad, the Time Machine "drum part" required me to play 20 Pads, which produced 23 sounds. The “hollow wood” sound and “high, bell” sound are “Velocity Switched” from the same Pad (on the Octapad). These “sounds” and “Pads” include the use of 2 Cymbal Pads as well as a Hi-Hat pedal and 2 Bass Drum pedals (on 2 different Bass Drum Pads, which means I had to move my foot between them while playing this song).
Although "Perfectionately Yours" is a "concept album"... about me and Sylvia and our journey "together" and "through hospice" and now waiting to be reunited with each other again... the "songs" and "feelings", brought here through our bond across the "Veil", may help others deal with their own portion of "Loss".
Keep in mind that this album will take the Listener through those powerful emotions of losing your "Significant Other"... chaos, confusion, disorientation, anger, sadness, hopefulness, etc.
released December 18, 2016
Sylvia Rego: Composer
Paul Rego: Assembler
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