"WOULD YOU LIKE TO DANCE"

DOUG’S ARRANGEMENTS, MIXES AND NOTES

11/8/21 – Kevin said Kristin informed him that Hillary Lindsey may be interested in this song.

Final mix of “Would You Like To Dance” done on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

  1. Adjusted placement of guitar solo at end as in the previous mix it was slightly ahead of the beat.
  2. Automated the guitar solo panning slowly from left to right.
  3. Rebalanced harmony vocals and replaced the third occurence of the “Dance” harmony part, with an earlier one (cut and paste) which was more in sync.
  4. Extended the fade an additional 6 seconds (from previous mix) to accomodate credits in the YouTube video.

Mix of “Would You Like To Dance” done on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

  1. Touched up the bass track
  2. Brought up the background vocals
  3. Brought up the new piano part at the very end (right after guitar solo)
  4. Got rid of a “blip” in the guitar solo
  5. Delayed entrance of the high strings at end until the 2nd repetition of the chorus
  6. Did a longer fade
  7. Ran track through eMastering service

Mix of “Would You Like To Dance” as of Monday, November 1, 2021.

Changes and additions:

  1. I redid the lead guitar solo at end because the preset I’d used (#22) on the Mustang LT25 had too much reverb and sounded muddy. So, I switched to preset #2 (Silky lead) and that sounded much better. 
  2. High strings added at end with the Yamaha NP-V80 keyboard.
  3. I added acoustic guitar (Yamaha Storia III) on final chorus through to end
  4. Added vocal harmony part
  5. Additional piano part (M-Audio Key Rig) at end starting at fade-out
  6. Nylon string guitar part brought up in the mix.

Mix of “Would You Like To Dance” as of Saturday, October 30, 2021.

This mix has the harmony vocals “tightened up.” They’ve been aligned with attacks and releases synced up. I’ve also added my vocals as a third part on the harmonies.

I’ve held off with the harmonies until the 2nd repetition of “Do you want to dance” at the end, because I’ll be adding some acoustic guitar starting on the first “Do you want to dance,” and I want the “build” to gradual at the end – one thing at a time.

Also, I’d added an electric guitar part at the end using my Gretsch G2655 through a Fender Mustang LT25. There are a couple more things to add at the end (acoustic guitar and high strings) plus a couple bass notes need to be fixed.

Mix of “Would You Like To Dance” as of Sunday, October 24, 2021.

This mix, “Would You Like To Dance sans melody 10-24-21.mp3” has an updated piano intro with added “Big Blue” reverb. Also drums have been tweaked (fine-tuning along with added “Big Blue” reverb) as well as minor changes to the piano part at very end.

Mixes “Would You Like To Dance” as of Saturday, October 23, 2021.

This track, “Would You Like To Dance sans melody – 10-23-21.mp3” is the arrangement I’m thinking might work well for this song. Keep in mind that this is unmixed, and there will be a lot of refinement involved with the existing parts.

This track, “Would You Like To Dance w melody 10-23-21.mp3” is the same track as “Would You Like To Dance sans melody – 10-23-21.mp3” (above) except with a guide melody track.

Click above to listen to “Would You Like To Dance 1B 9-25-21”.

9/25/21

Kevy,

Above “Would You Like To Dance 1B 9-25-21” is a first-draft arrangement just to see if I have all the chords (and structure) right after we’ve tweaked the original demo.

As we continue to refine this mix, I’ll post subsequent arrangements and mixes on this page.

You have a couple ritards leading into the choruses on your original demo, and I will eventually put those tempo changes in the final mix. But for now, I just want to make sure the structure and chords conform to your new lyrics, etc.

Remember, the chorus is repeated twice at the end and then the third time just sing, “Would you like to dance . . .” and then a lead guitar will come in and play an instrumental during the long fade.

Doug

Re-edit of “Right In Front Of Me” as of Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

9/7/21

Kevy,

Since I believe “Would you like to dance” is a much stronger hook than “You were standing right in front of me”, I’ve positioned “Would you like to dance” as the chorus with the hook line repeating in line #3 of the chorus.

I’ve saved “You were standing right in front of me” as kind of a bridge at the end of chorus #2, and that line appears just once in the song.

You might consider re-writing both the lyric and melody of the 2nd line of the chorus to avoid repetition, e.g.:

“Would you like to dance to the music,
[new line here to avoid repetition]
Would you like to dance to the music,
This song has always meant a lot to me”

And at the very end of the song, I’d just sing the chorus once; and then sing just the single line “Would you like to dance” during the first chorus repetition (on which you’re now hearing your vocals.) Then the rest of the chorus (and third chorus repetition) have just an instrumental with a slow fade.

Below are the lyrics re-structured to follow the edited demo. And remember, although you’re hearing yourself singing the chorus three times at the end, the finished arrangement would be just ONE sung chorus at the end (with the single line, “Would you like to dance” at just the beginning of the 2nd chorus repetition.) The two, successive choruses at the end would be essentially instrumental with slow fade.

Confused yet??!!

Fat Doug

Click above to listen to re-edit of Kevin’s original demo for “Right In Front Of Me.”

Original demo of “Right In Front Of Me” as of Monday, August 23, 2021.

This is the original demo of “Right In Front Of Me” that Kevin emailed to me on August 23, 2021.

Kevin and I subsequently worked on the arrangement (see above), and the tune was eventually retitled “Would You Like To Dance.”

Would You Like To Dance | Kevin Conner 2021

I don’t know if you knew this
The first time that we met
I should have turned around
And walked away

We talked for just a moment
Made pleasant conversation
But I don’t believe
You even saw my face

I said “So long” and turned away
It was time to go
But your hand tugged on my shoulder
So I looked back, and you asked

Would You Like To Dance to the music
This song has always meant a lot to me
Would You Like To Dance to the music
This song has always meant a lot to me

There were more times spent together
It gave us time to talk
But mostly we just listened
To our hearts

It’s funny when you listen
And the words are carefully chosen
You know what’s been inside you
From the start

And good things happen to good people
Or so the story goes
And I believe it’s happening to me
And so I asked

Would You Like To Dance to the music
This song has always meant a lot to me
I took her hand and then it started
To open up my eyes so I could see
You were always right in front of me

Would You Like To Dance to the music
This song has always meant a lot to me
Would You Like To Dance to the music
This song has always meant a lot to me

Would you like to dance . . .

Instrumental and fade