“‘The Extra I Love My Life’ was an actual pleasure to place collectively,” Walden shares. “I wrote the lyrics with Jeffrey Cohen, and after I recorded the primary components I requested Carlos to play guitar on it. That’s after I obtained the concept for harmonica, so I requested Stevie Surprise if he wish to play on it. Some time later, I used to be in New York to function musical director for the [annual] rainforest benefit that [Sting’s wife] Trudie Styler produces. Sting got here into city for rehearsals, and I obtained him all the way down to Electrical Woman Studios to sing on the observe. Everyone who contributed was unimaginable and electrifying. The entire observe got here out simply as I’d hoped.”
Hearken to Narada Michael Walden’s ‘The Extra I Love My Life’
As Walden tells UCR, the music has been finished for some time. As he was within the midst of writing and recording materials for Euphoria, he thought of “The Extra I Love My Life” and the way it may slot in with what he was engaged on. “It was by no means the appropriate time to launch it. However I believed, ‘Possibly now could be the appropriate time,’” he explains. “It took a couple of 12 months to ensure the whole lot was the appropriate timing. It’s been an actual work of affection. From my studio to Lino and to Sting and all people saying sure. I simply wish to actually encourage the world once more. I all the time like to encourage the world with music. We’d like music now greater than ever earlier than.”
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Euphoria arrives on the heels of Walden’s whirlwind expertise of serving to to write down and produce Journey’s newest studio album, Freedom, which was launched in 2022. He subsequently performed a brief run of dwell gigs with the band earlier than deciding to step away. “It was otherworldly for me. I knew it will be a giant to-do. However I didn’t notice it will be that massive. It’s a giant expertise,” he says now. “It’s like entering into something that and love by way of the years and also you wish to deal with it with nice reverence. That’s what I attempted my finest to do is deal with it with nice reverence.”
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