Stay (Nesta Rae) remix 15th May 2012
Stay (Nesta Rae) remix

Off the top of my head I can't think of too many people called Nesta. There's Nestor, the wise old guy in the Iliad, of course, and Alessandro Nesta, the legendary Italian centre back; but as a girl's forename, it's pretty unusual, I would think. Still, if my surname was Birds, or Wasps, or Squirrels, and I had a daughter, I'd certainly consider calling her Nesta.

Anyway, what we have here is a remix of a song by Nesta Rae called 'Stay'. The original version is a lightweight pop effort with acoustic guitars and a spritely, summery feel. Mine is perhaps a touch darker and denser, with tremolo and slide guitars filling out the mid-range. I changed most of the chords, and reshaped the chorus as well to give it a different kind of hook - so, despite the fact that both versions are relatively traditional guitar-based pop mixes, they actually sound quite dissimilar.

Check out my remix using the download or streaming links below. To compare it Nesta Rae's original version, you can purchase her debut album, Fly Free, direct from her website >here<. Thanks for listening.

Nesta Rae - Stay (James Merrifield remix)
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