PC with Mbox running Avid Pro Tools with Xpand! and Toontrack EZdrummer Vintage Rock; Behringer B-1 mic; Yamaha acoustic guitar, Squier bass, Yamaha PSR E303 keyboard (as MIDI controller), Sennheiser HD 400 headphones with "big old stereo for alternate listening".
Production Notes & Credits:
"Taxi Driver" is a male vocal rock ballad. The credits provided read "Me. [and] My girl, Leslie, for helping me finally germinate this one into what I feel is a good song." Fair enough!
Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Recording: Here's another of those rare songs that just seems to have an "it" factor that transcends its actual recorded sound. Dale has managed to create a mood with his sounds, and combined with the excellence of the songwriting/arrangement, presents it a way that draws you in as a listener.
The acoustic guitar and piano intro create a mellow bed in the intro, giving way to a great "retro" drum fill. We love the sound of the drums here-Dale has actually made the EZdrummer Vintage Rock kit sound vintage, in a Ringo sort of way. We also loved the muted "McCartney" sounding bass guitar and how it completed the rhythm section in a unified way.
The lead vocal was up front in the mix, as it should be in a story song, and Dale's weary delivery really "sold" the lyric in our opinion In addition, the backing vocals added just the right touch of movement to the mix. Nice!
Suggestions: It is rare that we diverge from our standard "tones and technique" methodology in this column, but it does happen! Have we heard better overall tones on songs submitted during our sixteen-year tenure? Absolutely. That said, Dale has given us a great song with the use of minimal tools, but a lot of heart and talent. We say enjoy it!
Summary: We'd love to hear this as a soundtrack.
Contact: Dale Goodie, firstname.lastname@example.org