It’s Alright

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Dark Waters Album Cover | Jerry Boutot Music

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It’s Alright
Lyrics by Randy McQuilkin
Music by Jerry Boutot

I didn’t come here to preach
I only want to reach out and show you how I feel
Want to show you how I feel
From the outside looking in I see a world that’s full of sin
From the inside looking out I see a world full of doubt
Now what I really mean are my feelings in between
Do you really want to know what lies inside my soul?
Do you really want to know?
Or did you come just to see the show?

Well, it’s alright – either way you take it
It’s alright – any way you want it

I didn’t come here to teach
I only want to reach out and show you how I feel
Want to show you how I feel
Some people think this world is theirs for the taking
But I believe this world is ours for the making
Life is so precious, no matter how you take it
But please try to remember it’s only what you make it
Now I don’t really mind if you just came to see the show
‘Cause either way I show a piece of my soul

It’s alright – either way you take it
It’s alright – any way you want it

I didn’t come here to preach
I only want to reach out and show you how I feel
Want to show you how I feel
From the outside looking in I see this world is full of sin
From the inside looking out I see a world full of doubt
Now what I really mean are my feelings in between
Do you really want to know what lies inside my soul?
Do you really want to know?
But did you come just to see the show?

Well, it’s alright – either way you take it
It’s alright – any way you want it


It’s Alright – Bass Guitar Part

So let’s get right to it and I’ll first show you the video of me playing the bass part. Following that I will then add any notes or other stuff you should know about it.

It’s Alright–Dark Waters–Jerry Boutot Music–Bass Guitar Part (performed by Jerry Boutot)

The It’s Alright bass part, like nearly all of the bass parts of my studio recordings, was originally hand crafted as a MIDI bass part utilizing the sequencing in Cubase and and instrument track attached to Spectrasonics Trilian. Trilian has about 30 gazillion different sounds in it, but I pretty much stick to a straight picked electric four string bass sound. Why the pick? Well, for me it gives the sound a much clearer “click” on the note attack and it’s much more bright sounding. Occasionally I will use a fingered bass or a fretless, but mostly I stick to what is basically a standard bass guitar.

As you can see in the video, I use a pick. I’m not a bass player, but I can use my fingers. Although I don’t have the dexterity or strength for it for long periods of time, so I prefer a pick. Also, I like the attack sound. I already mentioned that, I know LOL.

So being a bass part that was originally programmed, I had to actually learn to physically play it for the video. You might be thinking: what if the programmed part was unplayable? Ah… but that’s why all of my music sounds like a real band and not some phony electronic EDM crap. I program the parts of every programmed instrument either envisioning the actual instrument (drums) or holding it in my hand and playing it. Parts are pieced together a bar, a riff, or a couple of notes at a time with no pre-thought regarding the whole. Because of this, my music is really a sum of it’s parts.

If anyone would like an instructional video on how the bass part is played, leave a comment. I’ll be happy to produce a video if there is enough of a need for it.


It’s Alright – Lead Guitar Part

I took the three lead solos for It’s Alright out of the song as a whole and performed them in this video:

It’s Alright–Dark Waters–Jerry Boutot Music–3 lead guitar parts (performed by Jerry Boutot)

Unlike the bass for this song, I did not program the lead guitar parts for It’s Alright. I did write them, though, in my own way. My writing for lead solos is pretty much the same all the time. I start by jamming to the solo part looped so it plays over and over again. I will find key phrasings, riffs, and runs as I’m going through it and start to build on that. Most importantly, I always start at the beginning and keep tacking on a measure or two to what already works. In this way I’m also practicing the part. When I have the whole thing down I will then start recording it. These solos were all written and recorded in the same couple of hour session then forgotten for a couple of months. I had to re-learn them all over again for this video.


It’s Alright – Lyrics Video

This is the Lyrics Only video for It’s Alright.


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