Singled Out: Fernando Perdomo
Smile is a good example of the power of music. Some of my songs have taken years to complete, Smile was written in 10 minutes. I wrote it for a friend who lost her brother tragically to a drug overdose. She was inconsolable and I wanted to see her beautiful smile again. Around the same time my mom was diagnosed with cancer and it became her theme song. When she passed away a year ago.. It became my theme song.
The music and production is inspired by one of my favorite 80s songs, Life in a Northern Town by Dream Academy. I wanted it to be as epic and moving as the David Gilmour produced original. Chris Rodriguez took my little diddy and surrounded it with a quirky orchestra with strings, flutes, and horns. I was listening to a lot of Rufus Wainwright especially "Want One" and I think you will see that it rubbed off!!
Smile is not my favorite of my songs, but it is a fan favorite and it never ceases to get a rise out of people. I love hearing personal stories of how the song has affected it's fans.