ReMix: Wild Arms 'A Ring and a Promise'
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Well, first, thanks to everyone who chimed in wishing us a happy 10th birthday - Dale North's post on Destructoid almost caused me ManTears, and a big muchos gracias to The Escapist, Joystiq, and many others for the best wishes! Mr. Bronx Rican sent us our shnazzy 10yr anniversary logo just in time, and posting ten mixes in a row - while seriously hard on the ole carpal tunnels - was a blast. 2009's not over yet, as we mentioned, so we're still really writing the history of our tenth full calendar year of existence. And boy do we have an excellent page to add to this chapter; bLiNd gives us a finished "advance preview" trance mix from the still-in-progress Wild Arms project:
"I have been doing many electro-house tracks lately, and even though people like them they want to hear my trance roots again, especially Jade and since we have been poor this year I decided to make the song her one-year wedding anniversary gift! I named it A Ring and a Promise since that is what I gave her last year. To the fans and ocremix community enjoy a preview of the project from me, and to Jade - You are the love of my life and I hope this song expresses that commitment, feeling, and promise..."
Allow me to express a collective "awwwwww..." on behalf of the community - Happy Anniversary, Jordan & Jade! What better way to say "I love you" than with nearly eight minutes of some of the best trance Jordan has yet produced, complete with vocals. The artist writes:
"This one has been in the works for a long time. I have been wanting to do a vocal trance song for Jade for a while since I found out its her favorite type of electronica.
I went through a process of choosing a source and came to the conclusion that there is no better choice than one from the Wild Arms project. The source is Lamenting and a Promise and there is no point on trying to improve perfection so I did a complete spin off for trance... The guitar riff melody is perfect for lyrics so I wrote lyrics that are directed towards Jade. The meaning is hidden and I am sure many people would find their own meaning in the lyrics. I used every tool in my arsenal for this from the small basic delays and standard synths, to the JP8080.
But the most important element is the vocalist of course. My sisters good friend Asleigh James is an amazing vocalist for her church, definitely anointed and gifted and I have known her since childhood. She thought it would be a great idea to do this track together so I secretly went to my wedding photographers pad, who is a lifelong buddy of mine (Fred Morledge http://www.photofm.com) and recorded on his home setup behind Jades back. She thought I was going to get our wedding photos :P, which I did, but some real magic happened there."
Nice surreptitious mixing surprise, Mr. Aguirre; Ashley adds:
"Hi my name is Ashleigh James, and I live in Las Vegas, NV. I grew up in a family of many talents.. my dad was a singer and traveled the world with the temptations, the platters, The coasters, etc. My mom was going to be a dancer for Tina turner and was also a model! So I grew up around singing and dancing and with different styles and cultures. Needless to say it has always been a passion of mine! I recently graduated from Kairos school of ministry where I am now certified to become a licensed pastor. I am also currently a worship leader at a church and am going to be working on an album which I hope will be out by 2010....
This was the first time that I have recorded for this type of music! It was definitely a stretch, but it was a good stretch! All these years of listening to Jordan create these songs I never would have guessed in a million years that I would be recording vocals for him! It was a pleasure to work with him, and I would do it a million times over again!"
Great mix with a great story behind it; Jordan called me several times to ensure & coordinate the mix's release today, and considers it one of his best mixes, and I agree. I'm fairly certain it's going to be stuck in my head for the rest of 2009, at the very least. I'm definitely looking forward to the completion of the Wild Arms project - this mix alone guarantees it'll be epic. Congratulations to J&J for their first full year of matrimonial bliss - here's to the many more to come!
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