Wilton Said… Newsletter #87

Hello and Rock Opera
    Hope everyone is well.  At last, some sunshine and warmer weather.  This positive weather vibe has spurred me to record the vocals to one of the Rock Opera character parts myself.  So far two songs have been recorded and over the next few months I hope to complete it.  This will leave just one part left to record, the character of the Mom which requires either a female vocalist or an extremely high ball crushing male.  (I'll probably have more luck with the former).

Wilton Said… Band
    The search for a drummer continues, however we do have a few candidates lined up for audition over the next few weeks.  We thought we had a match about a month ago but unfortunately it didn't work out, so… strings and vocal chords crossed that one of these guys will.
    If you've visited the wiltonsaid.com site recently, you may have noticed a slight change in band member credits, namely myself.  In the past there has been some confusion as to whether "Wilton Said…" was myself or the name of the band.  It was both.  However, to ease up on any confusion, the band is now definitely called Wilton Said… and I am simply "Wilton".  Once we have found a new drummer, the website will be changed to visually reflect the full band.

Other Stuff
    Some of you know that I am a HUGE Kate Bush fan, so it was with great disappointment that I was not able to get tickets to see her September performances in England.  However, I've since found out that many many many KB fans were unable to get tickets.  The demand was just too high which is understandable as she hasn't toured since 1978, and that was her only tour.  Hopefully she'll enjoy herself and decide to play again in the near future.  When that happens, I'll just click on the first two seats that come up.

    Lately I've been on a Tori Amos listening kick.  Previously, I had a few of her earlier recordings, Little Earthquaks, Under the Pink (which is a great and eclectic recording), Boys For Pele (a fan favorite but not mine), From the Choir Girl Hotel, and To Venus And Back (live and some studio recordings).  After this, I fell out of favor with her.  A few weeks ago I decided to check out her other stuff via youtube and iTunes and was surprised that she had so many releases.  I took a sample listen to songs off of Scarlet's Walk (2002), The Beekeeper (2005), American Doll Posse (2007), Abnormally Attracted to Sin (2009), Midwinter Graces (2009), Night of Hunters (2011), and Gold Dust (2012).  To my ears, Scarlet and Bees sounded too commercial AOR, sort of like a watered down Sarah Mclaughlan so I passed.  Doll Posse was different and featured a lot of guitar, very edgy, but I wasn't interested.  Attracted to Sin sounded cool and eclectic so I bought it.  Midwinter Graces was Tori's take on a Christmas Album and I wasn't interested.  Night of Hunters sounded interesting with Tori's voice and Piano being backed by an assortment of Orchestral instruments.  I bought it.    So far both albums have grown on me significantly, especially Night of the Hunters.  Tori takes musical motifs from long gone composers and reworks them into new original pieces with a lyric narrative.  The album while being orchestral in nature is quite edgy and matched nicely along with Tori's aggressive piano style.  As far as vocals, her voice is top notch as she soars through and above the sonic arrangements.  Over all, a nice blend of Orchestral music with a slight pop vocal sensibility.
    Abnormally Attracted to Sin is an album which features fantastic soaring pop melodies along with some great sonic arrangements.  There's a mix of electronic styled drum beats (Give), live drums (Strong Black Vine), faster paced rock quirky styled songs (Police Me) along side cinematic styled tunes (That Guy).  There's also the tongue in cheek lighter styled piano based song (Marry Jane).  This one is probably my favorite of all of her pop albums.  Which makes these albums really interesting is… never mind, I'm sure you can look it up yourself. :)


    So far both albums have grown on me significantly, especially Night of the Hunters.  Tori takes musical motifs from long gone composers and reworks them into new original pieces with a lyric narrative.  The album while being orchestral in nature is quite edgy and matched nicely along with Tori's aggressive piano style.  As far as vocals, her voice is top notch as she soars through and above the sonic arrangements.  Over all, a nice blend of Orchestral music with a slight pop vocal sensibility.
    Abnormally Attracted to Sin is an album which features fantastic soaring pop melodies along with some great sonic arrangements.  There's a mix of electronic styled drum beats (Give), live drums (Strong Black Vine), faster paced rock quirky styled songs (Police Me) along side cinematic styled tunes (That Guy).  There's also the tongue in cheek lighter styled piano based song (Marry Jane).  This one is probably my favorite of all of her pop albums.  Which makes these albums really interesting is… never mind, I'm sure you can look it up yourself. :)

That's all for now.

All the best
Thanks
Wilton

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