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Archive for May 7th, 2004

Cranking out CD’s

Friday, May 7th, 2004

Well, this is it. Brian finalized the CD album. He’s burning CDs and has the living room sort of set up as a CD labeling and packaging factory.

We have listened to this album so many times in the last few days, trying to find flaws that need fixing… so many times that I think I couldn’t hear anything unusual any more. I find myself singing with it instead of listening. It’s much more fun to sing with it than listen well. When I listen well, I find myself finding all sorts of problems with my voice (I was a voice major at Central Michigan Univ. in 1976-1978 and was trained in singing arias from opera… but my voice is just not well-suited for that sort of singing… yet I am always somehow comparing myself to that ideal).

When I just let the whole thing float over me and I get into the feeling of the songs, I really enjoy the album. It makes me happy, I love all the songs. I love hearing Brian and his amazing ukulele playing. I love hearing us sing harmony. We have learned more songs with harmony than we have ever done, while working on this album. I love it.

Brian did a great job finding songs for us. The album is called Moon, June, Spoon… the whole schmaltzy, idealistic lovestruck genre that was very popular for the first few decades of the turn of the last century. Here are some of the songs you may know:

When You Wore a Tulip
For Me and My Gal
Shine on, Harvest Moon
Aba Dabba Honeymoon
In the Starlight
By the Light of the Silvery Moon

There are 15 songs in all. Nothing is ever perfect, but I am very pleased with this.

You know, when I was a child I told everyone I was going to be a singer when I grew up, just like Julie Andrews. It’s sort of amazing how close my voice is to her style, really. I mean, she’s her own strong style and her personal caliber is top notch, but she has a sweet, smooth voice. I have a sweet, smooth voice.

And on this album I also have debuted my whistling on several (three?) of the introductions to the sweeter songs. My whistle sounds a little like a wooden pennywhistle, very pure and with almost no vibrato/warble. Brian whistles with a lot of warble, a style very popular in the vaudeville era (Al Jolson was the master of this sort of whistling, you can hardly believe it could be a person without an instrument making that amazing wonderful sound).

Very very soon, I’ll announce the web page for the CD. When it is up, you will be able to download the music and play it for yourself. How exciting is that???