Brian Gray - Before You Go (Shadow)

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Ahh, contemporary a cappella. Been into it since I heard the Whiffenpoofs, Rockapella, and the Nylons in high school. Joined the Pomona College Men's Blue & White in college, and was promptly exposed to the House Jacks at a West Coast CASA gathering. It was an eye opener, to say the least. They really got a full rock band sound out of just their bodies, and I was hooked. Due to funding (for equipment) difficulties, my college group never got mics and amps enough to do the really intense stuff. Nowadays however, it can all be done in the computer.

I do everything here. The bass is doubled down an octave from what I sang, because I'm a tenor. I added a little amp model here, a little chorusing there, echo, reverb... it's not what I could actually reproduce in person if there were 6 of me. Still, I'm happy this turned out so well. Had to do a lot of takes to get the intonation good enough, and almost said screw it I'll use Autotune. For the record I'm not religiously against autotune; it's just another tool. But under a deadline like I was, it actually takes more time to do the editing than it does to do a dozen takes and comp together the best parts of each.

lyrics

I understand.
You think that I don't get it, but I do.
You need your space.
It's your own hand
You'll be holding as you lead your heart from me
To find its place.
And I wish you all the best.
I wish you all of everything I couldn't give to you.
So as a last request,
While you're searching for yourself, there's something you can do:

Can we still have the sex?
You should be on your own, but even so,
Can we still have the sex,
Promise me that you'll promise me, before you go.

Can't imagine
Envisioning forgiveness for breaking me,
But I would.
More than ever
It's ironic how no one can repair me
Like you could
So what were we
If not just a couple spirits in love?
Can you grant that to me?
Baby throw me a bone? Speaking of…

Can we still have the sex?
You should be on your own, but even so,
Can we still have the sex,
Promise me that you'll promise me, before you go.

Hush, hush, hush, I know, I know.
This is my best idea yet.
Simple, but ingenious, so…

Can we still have the sex?
You should be on your own, but even so,
Can we still have the sex,
Promise me that you'll promise me, before you go.

[Repeat]

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from SpinTunes #4: Round 4, released March 13, 2012

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