I wanted to share the experience of being part of the creation of “Everything is Gonna’ Work Out Fine”.
Jim Peterik and I have now collaborated on writing and recording 2 songs. Our work together came as a result of mutual admiration, and finally, meeting at a concert our respective bands (The Ides of March & Chicago) performed a few years ago.
During this Stay at Home era, file sharing has been effective, as opposed to being in the room.
Jim Peterik is the most proactive and optimistic musician I know. Twice now, I’ve sent him a sketch of a song, that he grabbed, and quickly transformed (as his associate, Larry Millas said “he hits it out of the park”).
I had the idea of asking Ramon Yslas to create the drum parts, without drums … he completely understood! Wow! And of course, master vocalist, my other bandmate, Neil Donell did his soulful magic, from his home in Toronto: Bravo…Merci!
So between Jim, Larry, and myself, and brass help from Nick Lane, we produced this beautiful duet by Neil and Jim.
We proudly and humbly offer Everything is Gonna’ Work Out Fine (lyrics by Peterik).
“ In the late 90’s – early 2000’s, Keith and I got together to write a couple of songs for the next Chicago album. This was a problem. After the “Night & Day” and “Chicago 25” albums, there was at least a half dozen Best Of, Greatest, Re-Pakaged, albums.
There was obviously little interest from radio or any major record company for new Chicago music. Our management was working very hard to keep our profile current. Fortunately we could still perform convincingly and with commitment. “Chicago Live”
To a certain degree, the band members did not agree on the viability of recording new music. Even with the advent of “Indie” record companies, there was lack of understanding that this required self-financed projects. Keith and I were of the mind that we should not stop making music, whatever the cost.
This is the point of the lyric.”
– Robert Lamm
“This is the third recording for Les Deux Love Orchestra I have participated in (also More Today Than Yesterday, This is Not America).
I met Bobby Woods thru mutual friend, Gerry Beckley (America). I was immediately impressed with his encyclopedic knowledge of rock music, vintage recordings, and written arrangements. We have similar taste and respect for Mancini’s scores, Steely Dan, and good visual art.
– Robert Lamm
Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) was written by Jim Weatherly and originally recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips. We hope you enjoy this stirring rendition by Neil Donell.