On Dog Island Florida, I used a vocal recording process called double tracking. This was the same way that The Beach Boys, Queen, and the Carpenters got that incredibly lush vocal sound. At times, it sounded like a whole choir singing with them. Basically, you record the same vocal melody part twice, or sometimes more. This is a completely separate technique than harmonizing a vocal line. To achieve the desired effect, you try to match the first vocal performance as closely as possible. No matter how closely you try to match the first take, the second performance will come out slightly different, simply because as a human being, there will be slight inflections on the second performance different than the first. When the two are blended together, you get an amazingly smooth and full sound.
There were several musical influences for this song along with The Beach Boys. Two of these include Jimmy Buffett and with James Taylor.
I originally wrote this song on the piano. I started it off by playing quarter notes on an F chord with the right hand. The left hand starts on F and descends down the scale, so the chords move like F/C, F/E, F/Eb, etc. So I’m holding a chord, but creating an independent bass line below it. I was definitely thinking of some John Lennon’s songs as I wrote this part.
Because this part was written on the piano, it was very difficult to learn to play on the guitar. I did eventually manage it, but I’m still thinking of going back and recording it again on the piano. That’s way it was originally intended, and I still don’t feel the recording is quite as good as what I’m now capable of doing anyway.
I’m not actually from Dog Island, Florida. I got the idea from a bumper sticker I saw. Then I did some research and found that it was an actual place. I decided to take some creative license and write it from a first person point of view.[ca_audio url_mp3=”http://bradallenmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Brad_Allen-Dog_-Island_Florida-1.mp3″ url_ogg=”OGGURL” css_class=”codeart-google-mp3-player” autoplay=”false” download=”false” html5=”false”]