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It's Good To Be Alive (for Roberto)

from Short Songs For Patrons III: The Photo Album by Chris Carlier



I went into this with a lazy, laid-back vibe in mind. All I really knew when I started recording was that I wanted that cheesy-sounding organ sound and probably some guitar.

The end result sounds pretty simple but has a lot of weird things happening: multiple guitar parts, some stuff playing backwards, some forwards, some sounds switch left/right panning, the sax part was originally going to be multiple saxes in harmony, but ended up as a single, sometimes-countermelody, sometimes-harmony thing.

I kind of want to start a band that sounds like this.

The piece ended up being paired with a snapshot I took at a music festival that I've just always liked.


from Short Songs For Patrons III: The Photo Album, released November 5, 2021


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Chris Carlier regina, Saskatchewan

I make short songs for doing dishes or walking the dog or riding the bus. Sometimes it sounds like the smell of the ground after it rains in autumn. Sometimes it sounds like a long summer drive with the windows down.

Sometimes I make music for film/TV/games/radio. Sometimes I make music for patrons.

Most of the time I'm drinking coffee.
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