Careless Juja's Fan Arrangement from Earthbound
Originally composed by Keiichi Suzuki, Hirokazu Tanaka
Merry Christmas! I became a member of Careless Juja this past year, and Careless said it would be cool for me to share this song we worked on from Earthbound!
Careless: "I originally put together this medley for the band Random Encounter in late 2014, after hosting a facebook poll where fans requested that the band do an Earthbound cover. It was a "Pick which song we cover next" survey, and Earthbound won by a landslide, so I listened to the entire soundtrack of the game a few times, started playing the actual game, and created two arrangements that week. The band really didn't care for either arrangement, so I put the idea on hold for a year. A year or so later Dwelling of Duels was having a "Mother" cover month (in honor of Mother's Day), and I thought it might be a good excuse to record the more upbeat of my two Mother arrangements. We were all blown away to discover that we'd won first place! We've been competing in DoD since 2011 and this was our first time we've ever truly ranked above 3rd, much less WON DoD!
I don't remember putting any MIDI in the song, and believe it's 100% live guitar, drums, bass, and accordion, with mixing and some singing by Brandon Strader. However, I had to pitch correct two of the accordion notes in the song because the instrument was physically incapable of going that high. Regarding the coffee commercial jingle, that started as a joke one time Juja and I played Onett as a live band and discovered that the Folger's coffee jingle really does fit perfectly into the intro of the song, curiously enough. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this medley as much as I enjoyed creating it!"
Juja: "Fuzzy pickles!"
Brandon: "This arrangement is incredible and insanely creative, and sounds great. I love working with live drums, very good live instruments for the whole song! The reimagining of these themes is really well done and enjoyable, Earthbound fans will love this. The treatment of 'Bein' Friends' is so well done and is my favorite, as are these friends.
Careless Juja has been a big part of me learning and moving out into the professional field with mixing, mastering, and music production in general. I've been lucky and very appreciative to get the opportunities that have been coming my way and C-Juj was the biggest part of that. I will move on and work with many high profile people, with the confidence I gained from working with these guys.... and at the end of the day, I'll always come back to Careless Juja, because the music is fantastic. "
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