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High Wire: Part 1
Lyrics by Randy McQuilkin
Music by Jerry Boutot
I can’t tell you why
But I feel like I have been here before
But our eyes cannot see beyond the sky
That’s why we’re afraid to open the door
Seems as though we walk upon a high wire
With death to our left and life upon our right
We are weaving from side to side
Too keep our balance is a constant fight
And though darkness may surround us
Within there is a light
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When I first heard Randy singing this song, I put my hands on the keyboard and just let this Piano part come out all on it’s own. Amazing, isn’t it? When you give yourself over to your source, the universe, and let things flow. I literally wrote this piano part in one sitting. We recorded it right away on our Fostex 160 4-track recorder. Randy tracked his vocal over it and then I tracked the harmony. That was it. When we did the final mixdown, I added the delay to his voice that made his vocal part come back about half a measure later with a “telephone” sound. As we were working on the album, Randy announced that he had re-worked High Wire with different words. I listened to it, and then told him we should make Part 1 and Part 2. We made a few changes to his “new” High Wire and called it High Wire Part 2.
The very original recordings were made using a Casio keyboard with mini keys. I just don’t remember the actual name of the Casio anymore – C101 or something like that. A couple of years later I acquired a Korg Piano module (P3 I think?). Randy and I decided to remix Dark Waters and when we did, I laid down an overdub of the Piano during the mix on both Part 1 and Part 2 to give it more of a “real” piano sound.
For this new version of the album, I used two Piano modules in Cubase: I used the Steinberg Grand Piano VST called The Grand and the ToonTrack EZKeys Grand Piano VST. For the ToonTrack EZKeys instrument, I used two instances. One was set to the Grand Piano and the other was set to the Fender Rhodes piano of the Classic Electrics set.