Chad Perrone - The Pattern (Syd)

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You can download Syd's original recording of this song here:
itunes.apple.com/us/album/upswing-ep/id307164642

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About This Recording:

I had been rehearsing songs months prior to the tour, and I continually found “The Pattern” stuck in my head. Perhaps to the dismay of people around me, I would continually adhere to the direct orders of the chorus’ lyric “repeat it, repeat it,” by singing the song at random points during my days. So, when it came time to choose a song of Syd’s for our little EP, it was fairly easy for me to pick this one.

When it comes to recording, I try my best to stay “within my means.” I’m not a tech savvy guy. I don’t own nice gear. I use GarageBand to record demos. My studio is my bedroom... Given these things, I knew I would be limited with the direction I could take my version of the song. I also knew that I had never been felt comfortable singing songs that aren’t mine, unless I made them my own. So, the goal was to find out how I was going to make “The Pattern” a Chad Perrone song.

The evident step to making my own version of the song was to take the song in a different direction. I opted to slow the tempo and change the meter. While this most definitely makes what was a dance-heavy, power-pop/rock song a slow, somber number that you could almost Waltz to, I felt this approach stayed “within my means.” (My good friends have always told me that I could make the “Macarena” a sad tune…) I tried to keep the music simple and airy… something I hoped would showcase the melody and let the lyrics breathe. I spent two evenings laying down the guitars, bass, keyboards and vocals, and then had my best friend Dennis Carroll master the tune at his studio in Haverhill, MA.

Much like we all did for our versions of each other’s songs, I took my own liberties with the key and progression of this song. Hopefully the finish product showcases the amount of respect I have for the song itself, as well as the person who originally wrote it. I had a blast with the experience and I look forward to being able to do it again…

Thanks for reading… and for listening.

-Chad

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from Volume 2 (New Directions), released February 19, 2010

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