Most of the creation of this project went like this: "Hey ____, I want you to work on this project, doing what you do best. I don't know what song yet, let's figure this out."
My conversation with Will Boyajian went like this, "Hey Will, you're really good at lots of things, I want you to perform on this project that I'm putting together. Musical Theatre tunes from 1970 or earlier rewritten for contemporary radio. I know you like doing things like this, do you have any ide--" "Can I do "My Name" from Oliver! as Johnny Cash?" "...yes. Yes you can."
This was the first track we laid down for the album. Will came over to Marcus' and we tracked him playing everything, and we talked through how the arrangement should play, how long it should be, all that sort of thing. This track really was the one and done of our project. Will recorded every bit of it in about 2 hours, and we barely edited later. In fact we left this one to be one of the final tracks we mixed because we knew it was all set and there was other stuff to work on.
Fun fact, Will is also the vocalist on "Give My Regards to Broadway" the first track on the album. Dude's got some range. Only a couple people have put that together.
Check out all the tracks at www.neddonovan.com/GMRTB
Will Boyajian - “My Name”
From the musical "Oliver!"
Words and Music by Lionel Bart
Arrangement by Will Boyajian
Recorded at Muse Light Music
Produced and Mixed by Marcus Thorne Bagalá (marcusbagala.com)
Executive Producer - Ned Donovan (neddonovan.com)
Mastering by Steven “SolidGold” Goldman at Four Legs Records (fourlegsrecords.com)
Guitar, Bass, and Vocals - Will Boyajian