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Beat of the Day


I remember walking into The Sound Library, a boutique record shop in the east village in the late Nineties and hearing something special. It was a short cut off a white label Lord Finesse promo. Rare. Finesse chopped-up and looped a famous Marvin Gaye record on an SP-1200. Man, it was cool. I eventually got a copy of the beat and when I passed it along to my pal Alan, he dumped it in Pro Tools and cleaned it up.

Years later, I got married and made a mix for The Wife. Little Miss Sunshine was and is one of her favorite movies so Alan and I cut up dialogue by Alan Arkin and fit it over the Finesse-Marvin Gaye beat.


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1 noobsbt   ~  Aug 9, 2013 9:58 am

The older I get the more I love Alan Arkin. That guy really eats up some scenes.
Nice beat also.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 9, 2013 10:38 am

There's no spot in the record where you can hear this loop. Finesse had to cut and paste different portions of the record to create it.

And yeah, Arkin: he's so good.

3 Sliced Bread   ~  Aug 9, 2013 6:03 pm

Arkin has a great understated touch.
He's played some great roles, and been in some fun movies - none better, I think, than The In-Laws with Peter Falk.
Of course, Andrew Bergman's story and script were pretty brilliant, in that one too.

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