Song Surgery

"If You Were Here Tonight" ~ Alexander O'Neal

June 29, 2021
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Monte Moir, former keyboardist for The Time, discusses the process of writing one of Alexander O'Neal's most memorable hit songs.
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Growing up and songwriting
Meeting Alexander O'Neal, Flyte Tyme and The Time
Tabu Records and the producer's job
Releasing "Innocent" and "If You Were Here Tonight"
Composing "If You Were Here Tonight"
The instruments: Oberheim, nylon guitar and - tablas?
Singing the chord changes
Background singers and Alex's vocals
The final product reaction
Reception by the public
Sampled by Rihanna
A song that moves Monte
Music streaming and the music charts
Remembering Prince
Best line in the song