Brand new, and just in time for Christmas, this track was a tremendous challenge to record. I transcribed Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Toy Soldiers” from the original score, and arranged it for the instruments I play. The classical guitar took the brass parts, I used e-bow guitars for the strings, electric bass for the double bass, guitar synth for the woodwinds, and Moog combined with Mellotron for the flutes. The song also features my debut on percussion – a side hit on a Native American drum that was given to me by Joe Carruthers long ago in the Nevada desert, and with my nice microphones the tone came out just right. This is also the first recording where I’ve used any sequencing – while the Moog is a performance instrument and I could play all the flute parts handily with it, the Mellotron was a virtual synth and the MIDI keyboard I have simply couldn’t trigger the notes fast enough. Other than that, it’s all me!
This is a CD-quality audio download of the radio release available exclusively here; the track can be streamed on all the usual platforms.