Collaboration with Dokter Nomi – Love is a Virus

Dokter Nomi, dance-pop music virtuoso approached me several months ago with a collaboration offer for his song Love is a Virus. He had the vocal track already recorded and had a couple of bed tracks already completed by other producers. This is the way he typically works, since he doesn’t play any instruments. He comes up with great lyrics and a melody and then collaborates with a producer to create the music.

I started with only piano to compose the chord structure.  Once I had a chord pattern I was happy with, I then layered on bass, drums, and synths to complete the track. The piano was no longer a part of the song, but it served as a template to structure the other instruments. We presented it at a Songwriter’s Cafe Meetup, and I made several more tweaks afterwards, mostly with tightening up the arrangement.

Nomi joined us on Song Talk Radio to talk about this song and two others. Check out the tune:

Fiduciary Responsibility

I don’t write much dance music, but having recently downloaded a bunch of sampled 80’s synth sounds, I had to give it a go. I wrote the music and beat in one evening, but being an instrumental piece I couldn’t easily come up with a title. By the next morning, I pondered and came up with the title “Fiduciary Responsibility.”

I knew the middle section of the song needed a melody or some kind of leading line. I looked online for definitions of fiduciary responsibility and found a great except from a Canadian Accountants Association document. A little bit of quick editing and I had a narration to fit the song.

So while you can dance to this, you just might learn something as well. Enjoy!

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