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2019 Yamaha Electone Arrangement 8: 今宵多珍重 (Cherish Tonight) | Oct 28, 2019


Electone arrangement of今宵多珍重 (Cherish Tonight). The Danny Chan, Pop-Latin version.

If you’re familiar with Hong Kong television and 80s Cantopop history, you’d know why I’ve taken a break from Joseph Koo compositions to arrange this. But for the record:

  1. I watched a few episodes of the strange, strange, Barrack O Karma (金宵大廈) series. Can’t say I enjoyed the show, though it was my sort of Anime-ish, Twilight Zone story. But it reminded me of this classic Chinese composition by Wang Fu-ling.
  2. Oct 23rd isthe death anniversary of Danny Chan. So yeah, this is (again) a belated tribute to this great 80s Cantopop artiste.

As for the arrangement style, I briefly toyed with the idea of doing Kayee Tam’s version i.e. the ethereal, soulful rendition that was used for the theme song of Barrack O Karma. (BTW, what a cheesy English name for the series!) In the end, I’m just too “80s.” Hate to say this but the new version is too dreamy for me. As a long-time lover of Latin music, I also find Danny’s Pop-Latin version much more affecting.

Free Yamaha Electone Score & Registration Data for 今宵多珍重 (Cherish Tonight)

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今宵多珍重電子琴琴譜下載 | Cherish Tonight Yamaha Electone Score.
今宵多珍重琴譜與歌詞 | Cherish Tonight Yamaha Electone Score.

Electone Score

Electone Registration Data for Stagea ELS-02C

Finale PrintMusic 2010 File

Arrangement Notes

  1. I wasn’t able to finish this on the week of Oct 23 because I initially messed up the chords. While they were easy enough to figure out, every cover of Cherish Tonight has its own variation. In the end, I based mine mostly on Danny’s version, with minor differences.
  2. I was also undecided about the accompaniment i.e. the left-hand. If I were to mimic the guitar strums/picks in Danny’s version, I’d would have to forgo most of the luscious strings and pad accompaniments. So as not to make the song too “dry,” I ultimately opted for a simpler accompaniment that relies on the auto-backings of the Electone Stagea.
  3. There’s a high E in the bassline, one that ought to be played with the right foot for true coolness. I … didn’t do this in my recording.
  4. Similarly, the Alto Sax solo will benefit from some … P.B. (Which I “forgot” to do)
  5. The stark contrast between the Flute and Alto Sax leads is straight from Danny’s version. Lots of fine-tuning here with brilliance, delay, and EQ before I achieved anything acceptable. The two leads, obviously, must be played differently too.
  6. I’d be the first to admit – I have a lacklustre ending. Feel free to switch to a refrain of sorts. If you wish to mimic Danny’s original recording, adjust Rhythm Sequence 4 to end with Memory 8 and User Rhythm 3B.

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今宵多珍重 (Cherish Tonight) Yamaha Electone Score and Registrations
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Free Yamaha Electone score and registration data for 今宵多珍重 (Cherish Tonight).The Danny Chan version.
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The geek divides his free time between video games, movies, anime, and attempting to write decent short stories. Oh, and trying not to sprain his fingers from playing demisemiquavers on his Electone.

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