A few weeks ago I gave one of my older songs a chorusectomy and added a new ending. I posted about the results, complaining that we would need a second singer for the substituted material to work. Fellow songstress Jannie Funstser posted a potential solution in comments: play the other singer's line on my keyboard.
My initial reaction:
Bah. That wouldn't be nearly as good as what I wanted.
On second thought:
I suppose I shouldn't be closedminded. It'll probably sound cheeseball and stupid, but I should at least try it before ruling it out.
After playing around with the idea on the keyboard:
Y'know, if I do a keyboard-appropriate variation on the melody I wanted for the singer, this actually ... works.
Getting the new part together took a couple weeks. I played it for Ron the Drummer for the first time at tonight's rehearsal. Ever enthusiastic about making songs shorter, Ron gave it a thumbs up.
Thanks, Jannie. Nothing like a little virtual collaboration to open one's mind.