I recorded Siti Nurhali......pardon me. Where are my manners? I recorded DATUK Siti Nurhaliza last week. Excuse me. But I still can't address her as Datuk yet. I still call her Siti and don't even bother asking if I am ever going to be able to address her as Mak Itie.
Back to my story. It is the theme song for the second season of Spa-Q. I did the theme song for the first season and the show's producer, Redza liked what I did enough to call me back for another round. I am very grateful for the opportunity because I do not think I'd get the chance if it were based on song selection. (My type of music is deemed to "loud" for her market, you see.)
This time around, I have gone the other way and wrote a ballad. Not your typical Audi Mok ballad, mind you. I had to summon my dormant inner-kampungself and studied the great ballads of Adnan Abu Hassan, Ajai, Azlan Abu Hassan, David Foster and Diane Warren. And I have come up with the perfect ballad for the masses. Got bells and guitar solo and timpani. This ballad will make "Mahakarya Cinta" sound like "Chopsticks". It's a dream come true.
Like at our first session, Siti was a total pro. Always nice and pleasant. She seemed a lot more comfortable with me this time. It was a great two hour session.
I have to complete the song next week and I can't wait to let her fans hear it. It's my statement as a songwriter saying "Yes! I get it. You win. Ballads sell." And my research has shown that sales increase 35% when there's an electric guitar solo.
I have almost arrived.