Remover Of Difficulties

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I thought the album was finished, and then this song happened.

This tune was composed and recorded after I thought Marchesano was in the can. The Rover-esque rhythm guitar riff had been languishing on mothballs for six years before I found a use for it. I resurrected it to demonstrate to Brent Babow, my IndieProMix business partner, how to effectively use Pro Tools as a composition tool. Upon looping an excerpt of the riff over a drum groove, I improvised a melody over the chorus in the style of B.B. King. As I was playing the part, Brent and I smiled at each other, laughing out loud from the joy of stumbling across something so simple, but cool. My improvised jam was about 75% good, so I developed the final 25% over the next hour, unintentionally locked into a finger-style performance without a plectrum. We both thought it was hilarious that I was playing such a heavy tune without a pick, especially considering that I don't have very good finger-style chops. Fortunately, the contrast of fleshy fingertips versus hard plastic is a sonic juxtaposition that intrigues me. The amp setting for the main melody employs less gain and sustain than the rhythm riff does, which seems backwards…but it works.

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from Marchesano, released March 8, 2015
Guitars: Michael James
Keyboards: Wishnefsky
Bass: Rob Chiarelli
Drums: Jaben Pennell
Additional Production: Brent Babow

Produced & Mixed by Michael James. Co-produced by David Kahne and Urban Olsson.
Written by Michael James.
© 2015 Marchesano Music admin. by Bug Music (ASCAP).
℗ © 2015 Alternator Records LLC. All rights reserved.

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Michael James Simi Valley, California

• Producer.Mixer.Engineer.Songwriter.Guitarist
• Gold & Platinum Records
• Discography includes New Radicals, Hole, Far, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, Chicago, Reverend Horton Heat, A.J. Croce, Butterfly Boucher, Jane's Addiction, Maia Sharp, Too Much Joy, Kalimba, Mario Guerrero and Jawbreaker.
• Former Warner/Discovery head of A&R & Producer, trained by WEA founder Jac Holzman.
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