While I was finalizing the artwork for this “Peculiar PPL Conquer Obstacles” shirt, I grew increasingly frustrated because I wanted to communicate a variety of different encouraging messages, but I did not want to bring clutter to the shirt’s design. As I brainstormed solutions, I decided that it would be a good idea to take the Peculiar PPL art beyond something that you can see— I wanted it to be something that you can also hear and feel. This led me to a conversation with a good friend to whom I presented the idea of doing a Peculiar Music project that takes the visual art and communicate it in the musical form. In just a matter of moments, the Peculiar PPL Music Art project was born!
I dug out some of my audio recording equipment that I collected when I had aspirations of being the next Pharrell (I would’ve called myself Farrell) and we met to record the first single. I was the producer for the project and he was the rapper— a talented first-time recording artist who was able to record final versions of his main vocals, backing vocals and ad-libs in just under two hours. After finishing the studio session, I spent the next two weeks listening to the song over 100 times, arranging new instrumental tracks, tweaking vocals, mixing the audio tracks and trying to get back in the swing of producing again. In the end, we came up with a track called “I’ll Make It,” which, coincidentally, was the same phrase that I kept repeating to myself when doubt entered my mind and tried to convince me that there’s no way that we could finish the song.
I hereby present to you “I’ll Make It,” which is the first song arranged for The Peculiar PPL Music Art Project: Volume 1.
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