Ok so I had a torrid affair with a gorgeous rock star who shall remain nameless. One I will never forget and am eternally grateful for, not only for what I learned about myself but for the song that was inspired by the way he made me feel.
As the lyrics suggest, Your Hands On Me is one of my more suggestive tunes and when it came time to decide how exactly to produce it, I actually put my producers cap on instead of leaving it all up to Steve McDonald.
I was like a kid in a lolly shop throughout the entire L.A. recording session for my
Feel So Pretty album, due to the fact that I was getting to work with some of the most amazing musicians, and this particular drummer was no exception. His name is Mike Baird. His credits include Journey, Rick Springfield, Joe Cocker, George Benson do I need to go on! When I heard the name Joe Cocker, I went on the hunt to see if Mike Baird was in fact the very same drummer to have played on one of my favourite songs growing up 'You Can Leave Your Hat On' and bingo! It was HIM! Can you imagine my excitement?
Armed with this information, my little brain started to tick over. Wouldn't it be fun to have a female version (I flatter myself) of You Can Leave Your Hat On and have the SAME DRUMMER PLAY ON IT! Do you see where I'm going with this?
When we all fronted up to the studio to record Your Hands On Me and Mike Baird pops the question, "alright Trysette, what kind of feel are you looking for on this song?" (remember he's never heard it before), I replied, "well you know that song You Can Leave Your Hat On" ......he looked at me......and he gave me his cheeky grin.......and he started to play that groove. Aaaaah. I was in heaven.
It's really something to stand in the same room as a drummer like Mike Baird and experience the intensity and precision that he delivers. I've posted a video of our recording session below and you'll notice how effortless it looks when he's actually drumming, but if you close your eyes and listen, you can get a sense of his power. Turn it up!
This video also features the amazing Jeff Dean on bass (so good, and the perfect guy to rock this song) plus you'll hear guitars by Randy Ray Mitchell and Bob DeMarco, organs by Bob Malone and Percussion by Chris Trujillo.
Enjoy, and please leave me a comment below. I love to hear your thoughts.