song # 11. care of cell 44.
here it is… finally!! the first song from the album, and the last song of my project.
amazingly, when care of cell 44 was released as the leading single from the album, no one seemed to care. now days, it’s probably most people’s favourite song from odessey and oracle and has been covered by elliott smith, of montreal, matthew sweet, and now me! it’s certainly been the song that people have been asking me about the most!
i recorded my version of care of cell 44 in portland, oregon, with my good friend dave depper, who inspired this project in the first place. we tracked the piano, the bass and all of the vocals in his house where he also recorded his RAM project. i then came back to melbourne, australia where i did the drums, mellotron and mixed the song.
i had started teaching myself this song on piano back in november when i started this project. i wanted to make sure it was going to be my best performance. i was pretty sure i’d nailed it. when i got to dave’s house and played it to him, he showed me that i had actually been playing some of the chords wrong. there was no way i was going to be able to relearn it on the fly, so i did the best i could. all in all, i’m pretty happy with it. i could keep mixing it forever, but i think i’ll just let go and say that it’s finished.