June 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm
Yes! When we were listening to Roughly Speaking one day in the car with our dad, he noticed right away that at the end of your song “You Don`t Know How I Loved You So” that it was a tune he recognized. But he couldn’t remember who made the original song. Now we know it was Sonny James! That really was a very creative move to meld your song with a classic song without skipping a beat. Love that! We love music with thought and layers put into it. You did the same at the end of “I Like To Rock”. Putting The Beatles and The Stones with April Wine. All three riffs standing together but melting into one. So cool! Now we can look forward to know all the different styles of music that inspired you over the years 🙂
June 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm
Writing a song is such a joy when it works but arranging a song is also very rewarding. I like to settle arrangements before or while rehearsing with the band. Some wonderful surprises can happen just jamming on riffs and hooks…Satisfaction and Day Tripper at the end of I Like To Rock was like that. Arranging can be a very skillful gift. Barry Manilow (I know what I said!!) was a renowned arranger before he became famous as a “singer.” All the great artists are gifted at arranging, a prime example would be the arrangement of Led Zeppelin `s Stairway To Heaven! A masterpiece of arranging.
My arrangement of the Beatles song Tell Me Why, for example, brought me a lot of pleasure and the bands arrangement of 21st Century Schizoid Man is cool..just saying.
June 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm
Sonny James! Wow.. love his song.. “Young Love”, it’s my fav of his. Amazing vocals, swoon, LoL
June 23, 2013 at 11:26 am
All my favorite bands take the time to really build their songs adding to them and arranging until it’s damn near perfect. You can definitely tell the bands that throw their songs together without much thought and attention.
November 25, 2013 at 7:23 am
I know a guy in his late 40’s that claims he used to play with April Wine and sometimes fill in (guitar monkey) if one of you was sick or umm busy when he was just a young teenager. He says he was one of the guitarist that was jamming with April Wine when the famous April Wine Beatles/Stones end of song riff was birthed. I doubt it could be true but he refused to back down and admit it’s BS. Who did come up with that iconic riff?
November 25, 2013 at 11:51 am
The guys a liar. The real members of the group jammed it in rehearsals.
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