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SPOTLIGHT 47: French Kissing On The Staten Island Ferry
 
Artist Name:
Ira Ingber
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 47: French Kissing On The Staten Island Ferry
 
Date Posted:
June 2011
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Mac running MOTU Digital Performer 7.22 and Universal Audio UAD plug-ins, Synthogy Ivory virtual piano instrument, and WAVES plug-ins; Neumann U87, Shure SM81, and M-Audio Sputnik mics; Great River ME-1NV preamp, ADL 1000 tube compressor. Instrumentation: accordion, acoustic guitar, electric bass.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"French Kissing on The Staten Island Ferry" is a male vocal singer/songwriter styled tune. Ira played the piano, guitar, and sang the lead vocal. In addition, he also wrote and produced the track in his home studio. The accordion was played by Bear McCreary (I can't imagine there are two accordion-playing Bear McCrearys out there, so I will assume this is the famous composer of music for films and TV shows like Battlestar Galactica and Eureka), Carl Sealove provided the bass, and Raya Yarbrough sang the backing vocals.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month's Spotlight is a masterfully written, crafted and recorded effort from Ira and friends. Rarely have we received a submission that is so strong in so many areas. Our praises start with the writing -- Ira has painted a picture here with his words. Close your eyes and you can practically see the story unfold, as if in a movie.

Better still, the music fits the story like a glove. The beautifully recorded piano sets the mood right from the intro, while the dash of NYC street accordion adds flavor and Raya's voice the longing. Saving the best for last, Ira punctuates his tale with a bluesy acoustic guitar attack in the outro that perfectly captures the angst at story's end.

We love the tones on all of the instruments, and are happy to report that Ira has achieved a full and present vocal sound without the all-too-frequent compressor/limiter missuse. We were also delighted that the mastering allowed the track to maintain the full spectrum of its dynamic range. Without the shadows and light, a track like this could not succeed. Awesome!

Summary: Grab the popcorn!

Contact: Ira Ingber, muscletn@yahoo.com.
About: Marty Peters

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