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Published on Jan 3, 2019
05 Letters from Missing Pieces KENOSHA KID Dan Nettles: Guitars, Rick Lollar: guitar, Robby Handley: Bass , Marlon Patton: Drums Andrea DeMarcus, Luca Lombardi & Serena Scibelli: strings Jason Huffer, Mike Niemi, Dan Nettles: video
Composition and recording: I don’t write many songs with an actual key change, but “Letters” includes one as part of the structure. The tune began with chords, as I experimented with some simple wide-register triads connected by the descending bass line. In the middle of the second phrase I found a curious way to modulate down a half step to Eb, but via an unexpected bVII chord. The bridge opened up as another extended bass line descending until reaching the current Eb tonic. I found that putting the third (G) in the bass created a nice chromatic pivot to take us to F# and eventually bring the song back to the original key of E.
The melody evolved from an improvisation which I transcribed. I created a harmony line throughout the A sections and in the recording Rick and I blend to sound like one instrument while Robby makes the bass line stand on its own.
the Engineers: Marlon Patton: band sessions at Marlon’s House Dan Nettles: editing at his house Drew Vandenberg: string session at Amplify Jason Kingsland: mixing at Frenchtown Sound Anthony Aparo: mixing Ed Brooks: mastering at Resonant Mastering