Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2011
Q*Ball covers ‚ÄúAlmost Paradise‚ÄĚ from the ‚ÄėFootloose‚Äô soundtrack, available for free download via the link below at Soundcloud.¬† The original version was sung by Mike Reno & Ann Wilson, aka the guy with the headband in Loverboy and the fat chick from Heart.¬† It was written by the guy who brought you one of the gayest songs ever – ‚ÄúHungry Eyes,‚ÄĚ Mr. Eric Carmen.
Q - ‚ÄúMy cousin performed in a church community performance of ‚ÄėFootloose‚Äô this past summer and the only redeeming thing I got out of that besides some free Twizzlers was a reminder that ‚ÄėAlmost Paradise‚Äô was a pretty dramatic, catchy tune.¬† It’s a quintessential 80s power ballad and after watching it 450 times on YouTube so I could learn the chord progressions, I must admit, it’s powerful.¬† Considering my fondness for 80s cheeze and Kevin Bacon, and my desire to learn to play songs by ear on the piano, I thought it‚Äôd be cool to record my own spin on the song.¬† My version probably sucks, but hey, you get what you pay for.¬† It was cool to learn how to play it.‚ÄĚ
Q*Ball memorably covered 80s hits “Whip It” (Devo), “Maniac” (Michael Sembello) and “Take On Me” (A-Ha) back when he played shows and people cared.¬† This is Q*Ball’s first foray into self-producing in his home studio and he apologizes for that.¬† This is now the second song Q*Ball can play by ear on the piano in its entirety, after “Frosty The Snowman.”¬† Q*Ball is currently working on Kermit The Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”
Performers:¬† Q*Ball ‚Äď Upright piano, keytar, MicroKorg, loops, vocals, slightly dodgy backing vocals.¬† Recorded using ProTools LE 8.¬† Inspired by SK and CB.¬† ‚ÄúAlmost Paradise‚ÄĚ is written by Eric Carmen & Dean Pitchford.¬† Copyright Sony/ATV Melody Publishing LLC (BMI).¬† All rights reserved.
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