To celebrate Valentine's Day 09, Xenovibes released a fan-exclusive free downloadable sneak preview that is to be the love anthem on Xing Paths.
Written by Floyd Cramer, one of the architects of the Nashville Sound, 'Last Date' a piano piece, was performed on a theremin for the first time by me at the Grapevine Opry's 21st Anniversary show on the 15th Nov 2008,Â accompanied by the GV Opry Band and John on drums.â€™
For the album, I decided to contemporise this song 1st by extending the original 2min tune, then create a new angle for the story behind the title. In a hopeful twist to the story of the last date being the beginning of the rest of the couple's lives,Â I decided the lyrics would captures this.
Though the Statler Brothers (â€˜60s quartet) sang a version of this piece, I decided to go with the original instrumental version and made it a theremin song. The theremin is put through phase distortion and played staccato-like (minimal portamento with slight pitch bend) for that bolder, electro-pop feel without it being incongruous with the sheen of the almost smooth jazz/electronica feel.
Recorded & produced by Shueh-li Ong. Lyrics & arrangement by Shueh-li Ong. Drums/spoken voice; John Martinez. Dean Parks on guitar, Curtis Randall (LeAnn Rimes) on bass.
My last date,
But not my last chance (with you),
I can wait,
For you are my last date!
The end of the song quotes from Cervantes;
â€œCada uno atiende mas a la pasion que lo que dicta la razon, De
altos espritus es apreciar las cosasaltas"
â€œWe get so caught up in our own passion we lose the sense of
reason. Surrender your will to a Higher power.â€