Night & the River

from by Chris Way

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I had in mind this W. Somerset Maugham story while this song was coming together. I don't recall the title. I remember a verandah, tropical flowers, evening jungle heat and the threat of imminent violence.

Also lullabies and Chopin's op. 57 Berceuse.

This song was almost abandoned. I had just finished a faster & less spacious & pause-filled version of this when my mac crashed. I used some heavy duty file recovery software to excavate and stitch together the song. Then I decided it was way too fast so I reworked the whole damned thing anyway into the version you can listen to here.

This album was meant to be a fairly melody-lite project, focusing more on mood, space and tempo, but I chucked all that out the window for this song and went full-on melody. So it's a bit of an outlier.

High register accompaniment is my ultra-reverbed voice in the background. Some people have mistaken it for a synth line of some sort.


from The Body Begins, released April 25, 2012
Composed, recorded, engineered, produced by Chris Way



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NYC-based singer-songwriter + composer of folk-classical instrumentals

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