Re-arrangement of song sequence

Ivan Chew - ProfileLast night, I discussed with Adrian if we should re-arrange the sequence of the songs.

From the 21 reviews so far (thanks folks!), one recurrent comment was how some songs sounded similar.

Valid comment.

Adrian and I didn’t sit down to compose anything together. It was “pass-me-the-MP3-and-add-my-track-on-top-of-it” mash-up style. Turned out our choice of tempo and beats were similar throughout the tracks. Not necessarily a bad thing, but perhaps the “interestingness” factor was diminished.

In her review, Lingfeng asked if we’d specially arranged the sequence of the songs.

As Adrian explained at this earlier post, the original sequence was to give the impression of a journey from the Seas to the Stars, and back again. But from the reviews, we realised it wasn’t self-explanatory and perhaps the intent was too subtle.

So we discussed and agreed that “Once Upon a Star” to song#2, “Flowing with The Waves” should become song#3, “Sea Anemone” to #5, then “Starfish” to #7.

We don’t think it will change the “feel” of the album very much but alternating the guitar and piano pieces might improve the overall listening experience.


The other recurrent comment was how the ambient sea-sounds overwhelmed some tracks (particularly for “SeaShore Days”).

I asked Adrian if we needed to re-engineer Seashore days to tone down the wave effects? However, I was reluctant to do so because I quite like the sound of waves.

Final decision — we leave the sound engineering alone.

Adrian put it succinctly: “I think we have to let it go. We need to progress [i.e. move on]”


As much as we want to please our listeners, it’s impossible to create an album that is universally appealing. Everyone has different musical tastes and levels of discernment.

At least 3 or 4 reviewers clearly liked the album.

For our first attempt, I’m happy with that 🙂

~ Ivan


~ by Ivan Chew on January 5, 2008.

2 Responses to “Re-arrangement of song sequence”

  1. Despite my “meh” review, I like the album actually. It did sound more lively than some of the Wellness CDs out there.

  2. I’ll see if any spa is interested in our CD!

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