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Description : This is a re-creation of the instrumental backing track for the version of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows", recorded by Sigrid.

I had intended to use this for an anti-developer protest song with revised lyrics, but that never came to pass.

I'll leave this up as a featured track for a little while in case somebody would like to use it for their own vocals or add an entirely different instrumental melody line.

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  1. ShortBusMusic
    ShortBusMusic on Sat 20th Feb 2021 - 2 months ago

    Outstanding work, Eric, but I would expect nothing less from you. You nailed this backing track, and I would agree with Steve that it will take someone with some real chops to try and match Sigrid's vocals (I think her version of this was the highlight of the "Justice League" for me, haha). Terrific backing track with all of the important elements in all of the right places. Wonderful use of dynamics throughout. Well done. I hope all is well.


  2. Lek
    Lek on Thu 18th Feb 2021 - 2 months ago

    Really good this. I think this backing track sounds better than the original if I'm being honest, definitely harder hitting anyway. The original backing track does sound a bit dated now though, very much a product of its time.

    By the way, you may remember listening to some of my non-featured tracks a while back. Thanks for all your feedback on those, much appreciated.

    Reply by EricMilligan

    Thanks, Lek. I had forgotten that I'd left this track still tagged as "featured". I had meant to remove that a long time ago. I guess the original backing is a bit dated, although I definitely admire the way the Sigrid and her producer found an entirely different "take" on Cohen's original version. Minimalist, but powerful. A great contrast with her vocal, particularly as the song builds toward the end, and then dies back again in the final bars.

    I don't know why, but it seems I'm gravitating more to trying to emulate stuff that I like (even really old stuff), rather than creating something entirely original. It's like I'm reverting to my teenage years when I was just starting out in music. Learn by copying. This track is a prime example of that.

    Am currently working on the version of "Unfinished Sympathy" done by The Six, from Manchester. A really tasty updated EDM version of that classic track. I think is it not well regarded by some Massive Attack fans who consider it to be sacrilege, but I like it a lot.

  3. phantomproduction
    phantomproduction on Fri 8th Jan 2021 - 4 months ago

    hi eric! I don't know this piece by leonard cohen but this version is very original! good job and happy new year!

    Reply by EricMilligan

    Hi, Michel. Thanks and Happy New Year to you also. I think that next to "Hallelujah" and "Bird on a Wire", the song "Everybody Knows" is one of Leonard Cohen's most notable songs.

    There have been a lot of covers done of Cohen's original, but the one by Sigrid was really unique. And entirely different kind of interpretation.

    Cohen's original was kind of defiant.

    Sigrid's version, to my ear, starts off communicating more of a defeatist flavour. Resigned to the inevitable. But, gradually as the song continues, the tone changes to become more strident and defiant. And then, settles down again in the final acapella part of the last bar.

    Really, a masterful example of a single piece of music conveying a range of emotions.

  4. RuslanG
    RuslanG on Fri 8th Jan 2021 - 4 months ago

    Nice work Eric! Happy New Year my friend!

    Reply by EricMilligan

    thanks, Ruslan and Happy New Year to you as well. Hope you are keeping safe. Things are starting to get worse with Covid here in Ontario. Going back into hiding for a while I think. Probably a good time to start making some new music. I've been kind of lazy on that front for quite a while. :)

  5. crucethus
    crucethus on Fri 8th Jan 2021 - 4 months ago

    A very nice instrumental mix of this. I don't think anyone can touch Sigrid's signature vocals on this tune. But hats off to anyone who trys. Nice sound.

    Reply by EricMilligan

    I definitely agree with you on Sigrid's vocal, Steve. Really a unique take on Cohen's song.

    I've tried to find info on the producers/arrangers, but haven't been successful. Piano and strings. I think I did add a sound effect hit in some sections, but it's really kind of an usual arrangement.

    Used Realivox Ladies plugin for the backing vocals on the chorus section. It worked fine for "every" "body" but not so well for "knows". But, I set it back in the mix so I think it really isn't noticeable.

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