Rain – Madonna
Recorded November - December 2013
More than likely, this will be my last mix of the year.
I was scheduled for a knee operation at the beginning of December. Since my studio is located upstairs, I was rushing to finish this mix before I wouldn't have access to my equipment. Even though most of the mix was done, I didn't want the stress, so I decided to finish it after the surgery. The operation went well. After almost a week on the sofa, I managed to navigate the steps and complete the mix.
When I first got these vocals, I was planning on doing an upbeat dance mix of the song. I had tried different feels and beats, but nothing felt right. Sometime later, I revisited the song, deciding just to work on it harmonically.
While I was coming up with a new chord progression, I noticed that the chorus i had was very similar to the chords in "Free" by Deniece Williams (one of my favorite songs). I made a few changes and found that most of the chorus worked. The rest of the arrangement was done in the same style. The groove for this mix is based on the Chante Moore version of "Free/ Sail On".
Mix mastered by Chris Graham Mastering.