There is a Girl
Written, Arranged, Produced, Performed, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Joe Nacco


The MP3 File:
There is a Girl (7.71MB)


An Overview:
I have just completed a very special song using a style of recording called 'modular recording.' It is an incredibly challenging style of recording. I've recorded four pieces of music reflecting four different styles of music (pop, waltz, punk & swing) all based on the same theme. I then glued them together to make one 3 minute and 12 second symphony. Usually I finish a song in a week or less, but due to this process it has taken well over a month and cost me a lot of my free time. I have tried several times in the past to use this technique. I always scrapped the song because the results were poor and/or messy. In hindsight I am sure it was due to forcing the process. During the writing phase of "There is a Girl" I realized modular recording would be required to get to the finish line due to a combination of tempo changes, different time signatures and tracking all the instruments myself. When it seemed to be actually coming together, I started obsessing like a mad scientist locked in my studio making sure every part was played and sung perfectly and had the right effects in all the right places. There are no punches or ProTool cheat techniques, these are all real entire takes.

I think the results are great and I am extremely proud of the song and what I have FINALLY been able to accomplish. Usually you have to listen to an entire album or more to understand me as an artist. This is a true representation of my various talents and artistry all wrapped into one 3 minute song. Hopefully you enjoy this!

Shout out to Paul Salamone for the drum lessons!


The Blueprint:
To better explain what I have done, I have decided to release the blueprint for the song. I highly recommend a pair of headphones for the full effect. Here is a list of tracks contained within each section of the song and their position in your speaker.

There is a Girl (Part 1 - main song):
Lead Vocal (center)
Lead Vocal - Double Tracked (center)
Background Vocal - Oh/Ah Baritone (left)
Background Vocal - Oh/Ah Alto (center)
Background Vocal - Oh/Ah Falsetto (right)
Lead Guitar - Am. Telecaster thru Marshall JCM2000 (center)
Acoustic Guitar - Taylor 410 (left)
Rhythm Guitar - Am. Telecaster thru Marshall JCM2000 (right)
Bass - Fender Jazz thru GK head (center)
Drums - Gretsch Catalina Jazz with Zildjan Cymbals (stereo mixed)

There is a Girl (Part 2 - bridge):
Lead Vocal (center)
Background Vocal - Harmonized 3rd to 5th (center)
Acoustic Guitar - Taylor 410 (left)
Grand Piano (stereo mixed)
Bass - Fender Jazz thru GK head (center)
Drums - Gretsch Catalina Jazz with Zildjan Cymbals (stereo mixed)

There is a Girl (Part 3 - reprise):
Lead Vocal (center)
Lead Guitar - Gibson Les Paul thru Marshall JCM2000 (center)
Rhythm Guitar - Gibson Les Paul thru Marshall JCM2000 (leftt)
Rhythm Guitar II - Am. Telecaster thru Marshall JCM2000 (right)
Bass - Fender Jazz thru GK head (center)
Drums - Gretsch Catalina Jazz with Zildjan Cymbals (stereo mixed)

There is a Girl (Part 4 - outro):
Grand Piano (stereo mix)
Hammond B Organ (stereo mix)
Fender Rhodes (left)
Rhythm Guitar - Am. Telecaster thru Marshall JCM2000 (right)
Bass - Fender Jazz thru GK head (center)
Drums - Gretsch Catalina Jazz with Zildjan Cymbals (stereo mixed)


The Lyrics:
There is a girl she
Donít understand me
She canít really stand me
And weíre so in love

Sheíll throw a party
Iíll be really tardy
Iíll say Iím sorry
But she'll throw me out

But itís so relieving
As she is leaving
She just turns and smiles, oh for a while
Weíre all ok just for another day

We try to break up
We always make up
We couldnít fake a
A life apart

But itís so relieving
When I am leaving
I just turn and smile at her for a while
Weíre all alright just for another night

Baby at night as Iím holding you tight and
Weíre staring right up at the stars
I feel as if nothing could come in between us
I love you for all that you are, all you are, all we are...

Kobeís my hero
So she roots for Shaq
And she loves the whooper
So I buy Big Macs

Itís so uneasy
And very pleasing
That there is a girl to rule my world
And there is a girl she is my world, ok