The Carters | Summer


EVERYTHING IS LOVE, need we say more? 

We know, there is actually a lot to talk about, but being a string blog, let's focus on the string arrangements. Summer, the first song on the Carter's joint album, is a love song that sets the tone for the genius Beyoncé and JAY-Z are about to take us through. It highlights a romantic string outro arranged by Derek Dixie and co-arranged and performed by Chala Yancy, Nathalie Barrett-mas, Crystal Alforque and Jessica McJunkins. The strings penetrate the song at the end of the second chorus as short trill stabs and quick movement, fattening up the horn parts. In the last 30 seconds of Summer, the band cuts out while the strings take over. Everything about this string arrangement makes us want to wrap our arms around the one we love...and thank the Carters for being the geniuses that they are.


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