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You Are Holding Me Back

You Are Holding Me Back

"You Are Holding Me Back" was originally a mellow, spacious, canon kind of thing. 

It was written in a 6 week period with lots of experimentation by myself.  The year was 2000, around summertime.

I made the loop after some improvisations, sped it up and made a new arrangement onto the loop. The more I worked on "You Are Holding Me Back", it became more funky. 

I love Motown, the production, the musicians, the instruments. I kind of grew up on it as a kid. I have spent much time listening to and trying to emulate the qualities of the clavinet.  And this is one of the songs were I tried to go for that 60-70’s clavinet feel on the guitar. 

I remember we used to push it real hard during shows. I cranked two amps up on full for the ending.  To be able to play the arrangement and all the notes live, I used a Gibson double necked guitar and played each string separately on the 12 string neck 

In fact, I was so fascinated by the twin neck guitar that it almost became a problem. I started to use it on 90 percent of the live material. It was a heavy guitar to drag around, and I had to carry it about 8 km to and from rehearsals.  And we rehearsed 5 hours, 5 days a week at the very least. 

I remember lying on the couch to the very moment of the gig because of the back and shoulder pains caused by this guitar. :)

 

Additional musicians:

Geir Arne Ose: drums.

 

Geir Satre performing with his beloved double-neck at Vaskeriet, Kristiansand, (2002)  Image source:  NRK

Geir Satre performing with his beloved double-neck at Vaskeriet, Kristiansand, (2002)

Image source: NRK