Enough Talk Already!
May 21, 2017 § Leave a comment
Download Instrumental Elvis wasn’t known for complicated or raucous arrangements. This one, however, is quite the exception to the rule. I’ve used 5 different guitar tracks, drums, bass, two brass tracks, a lead vocal track (sax), backup vocals, and one dedicated just for sound effects. Whew! “A Little Less Conversation” was a challenge. For you singers out there without a band, these backups should get the point across (Elvis was feelin’ a little frisky that day).
Mac Davis wrote this one in 1968 with Aretha Franklin in mind, and I can certainly envision the “Queen of Soul” belting this out like a banshee. But Davis was asked to contribute a song for the Elvis movie Live a Little, Love a Little, so “Little Less Conversation” went to the King rather than the Queen. Elvis apparently decided to just have some fun with it – hence the crazy but likable arrangement.
One of my favorite old television shows is Las Vegas (2003 – 2008, maybe not so old), starring James Caan as the operations manager of a Vegas casino. This was the theme song for the show and the first time I ever heard it. Another cute fact – Mitt Romney used it as his campaign song in 2008. It was supposed to emphasize his promise to bring change to a broken Washington. Right… we won’t even go there.