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Out To You (Cheers To Do)

Okaino Cheers To Do Cover

The "Out To You" record was originally called "Cheers To Do". It was first created for the "Fall In Love With Horrible Love Songs" project, however I ended up not using it because the project turned out to be longer than I had intended. Cutting songs from a project is a very common situation in the post production process. The way I see it, out of all the problems that occur during the entire recording process, it’s a very good problem to have too many songs for a project.

One of the reasons I decided to cut "Cheers To Do" from its original record was that I saw that it could fit in other scenarios. Some of the other songs I had wouldn't have worked on other projects.

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- Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!

We got cheers to do!

- And Cheers! Cheers! this from me to you.

And Cheers! Cheers! We got cheers to do.

- Cheers! Cheers!

This one goes out you!



- I know you think about it now that its all said it done.

You with number two cause you always knew I’m the one.

- Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!

We got cheers to do.

- And Cheers! Cheers!

This round goes out to you!
— Magic

 

 

About 5 months later, when I began to form the "Most Improved Player" project, I found a role for “Cheers To Do” and ended up remodifying it to fit this record. The theme of “Most Improved Player” is centered around baseball, which I will tie in with the end of this post.

 

To remodify “Cheers To Do”, I basically gutted the whole song outside of the hook/chorus part. It previously consisted of 2 rap verses over a good portion of the song. At the time, the way these verses were composed didn't go well with how I envisioned the “Most Improved Player” project. I felt they kind of “boxed” the song in.

With any style of writing there's only so much you can actually express. In songwriting, for example, there's very little you can actually say in song format without overloading the songs. I didn't want that to happen here so I took on other methods and went about recording the song. What I was left with was a more open-to-interpretation version of how the first record was set up.

 

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I re-recorded “Cheers To Do” in a single take, more as a freestyle, and it became "Out To You" which went more with the baseball theme I was going for on the "Most Improved Player" project. The beat used is a cover of the song "Fool For You" by CeeLo Green and Melonie Fiona, and it’s about celebration and being in the joy of the moment. It’s also a toast; it has a very classy elegant type of feel to it.

So, back to baseball. Baseball has a few unique celebrations to the sport. Out of all the major sports, it has the biggest team celebrations; solo celebrations do occur but are very minimal. Walk Off Hits/Homeruns have dugout clearing celebrations as well as a pitcher throwing a no hitter/perfect game. The king of the baseball celebrations are the champagne celebrations which occur when a team reaches the playoffs, after each round advanced in the playoffs, and of course if you win the World Series. So in the playoffs 4-5 separate celebrations can occur if you win the World Series (5 is only if a team advances in the playoffs from a wild card spot).

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Amber London - Nebula (Okaino Chop Session)

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Back to it how I normally do it. Doing the "blog" thing has me feeling inspired and ready to go.  I happend to see Ms. Amber London dropped her mixtape Life II Death. Cranked it and it was bumpin as expected.

So with that I decided id do something ive never done before and record myself preparing the chops for a record which i chose off "Life II Death", and the song was entitled "Nebula".

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 I recorded and performed all procedures live. Basically what happens is I will go through a song find the parts of the song that i like and do with them as i please. Normally in most cases i do this for songs im attempting to sample from, and arrange beats around.

In the case for the Okaino Chop videos so far that I have done.. I have chosen to chop whole (complete) songs and sample the songs within themselves in a more rearrangement style.

What I love about this Amber London record is the bass. Its not the bout played out boomin 808 kick abused in trap music, but its that ridin low bass that actually has a bassline that rattles the subs. The song in general is a well put together song. Excellent mid tempo banger to open up her project. 

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The idea with the pads are that they are on banks, and u can fill them up with different sounds. In the case of this video where im chopping im manually going to each part of the song retrieving the exact place of the sound that i like, and play it back.

Should i like it i keep it. Assign it to the pad if not i keep it moving and find something else that i like that i want. I cant get too deep into music production right here but the key to what im doing is to be able to find parts that allow me to alter the flow of the song as well assist me in keeping the song running.

11/25/15 *Im traveling right now but I plan to upload the actual audio for you to hear later today

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11/28/15 Thank God for some wifi! Here we go!