Login: was first written over a year ago, just as I was releasing my first solo album “Too Much Music In Me”. I was already swimming in rejection emails from blogs and playlists and determined to take my writing to a new level. Also to refine my sound and not be all over the place. I was really enjoying the Indie-Pop music coming out and it was really right up my alley.
Login: came together pretty quickly, based on an acoustic guitar progression I came up with using Strum GS-2, a plug-in by Applied Acoustics. I wanted to incorporate more falsetto vocals into my music and the chorus was something I had in my head before I sat down to write the song. I am particularly proud of the clever bass lines and how they progress through the song. After I wrote the song, I was still not satisfied with the ending. A few weeks later I had the idea of a full symphony fading in as the song faded away. I wrote the string parts in about 1 hour, just using Native Kontact strings. It was perfect!
The first version of Login: was about something totally different. What it was about is a secret for my email subscribers. My wife Shäna, who is also my quality control, said I needed to change the lyrics, so I came up with a different theme that still fit the chorus lyrics - a theme about the addicting nature of social media and the exploitation of big tech companies. I must have re-sung this song 10 times before Shäna approved they vocal performances! My daughter, Edara Daum came in to sing on the last chorus. She has a beautiful voice - she went to nationals for choir in her senior year. I also asked D Adam Estner to replace the Strum GS-2 acoustic with a real acoustic guitar performance. He nailed the feel and it took the song to a new level.