The Reluctant Godfather is LIVE on Amazon!
A lot of crazy, mixed up feelings right now. I've been dreaming about this moment for something like fifteen years....now that it's finally here, I feel a little dazed!
In honor this special occasion, I put together the video below, with the plan of uploading it to Youtube. For some peculiar reason, Youtube was blocking my video, so I posted it on my blog.
Thank you all for your interest, support and for being such a wonderful cheering section!
Happy watching, happy listening...and happy reading!
Yup, it's true. I do not like marshmallows, I never did. In the rare occasions that we would have cook outs I would eat a couple for solidarity's sake. I'm not saying I absolutely loath them...but I'm indifferent to them and do not actively seek out this tasting experience.
However...I do like this song. For years I would be in stores around Christmas times and every time I would hear this song I would start dancing in the aisles. Even though I liked this song the moment I heard it, it took me years to actually get around to listening to it all the way through on Youtube. It was only recently that I discovered Dean Martin's remarkable cover and knew that I wanted to cover this song too.
Thank goodness I covered this in December, otherwise I wouldn't be able to release anything new on my Youtuhe channel for the next week or so. With my bad cold i can barely talk, let alone sing.
I think of this song as more of a winter song (its definitely not a real Christmas song). It's just a fun, silly, little ditty, but I love the image it conjures up, of a small child kicking at piles of snow, sending a powder of snow up into the air as they skip through a wintery back yard. It reminds me when my siblings and I were little and would stagger out of the house, as ungainly as Ewoks in our winter gear, to revel in our rare snow falls. Something about this song really captures that joyous image.
In a moment of pure serendpity, I just found out that my local area is supposed to get three inches of snow tonight. I'm too sick to go outside and have a snowball fight...but no amount of sickness can steal my joy in watching snowflakes fall past my window.
Note: For those of you who are wondering why my album cover says 'An Alli T. Christmas'....this is Ephiphany! The Feast of the Kings! The last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas - something my family always celebrates.
So....Happy Feast of the Kings everyone! I hope you enjoy this song!
Finally, I have covered a Christmas that really has something to with the true meaning of Christmas!
I was getting very frustrated in finding a song that was appropriate for my style of singing and held a deeper meaning than snow and jingle bells. I have a kind of 'Dean Martin' type voice that sounds better when I'm singing something slightly bluesy or jazzy, but I wanted to sing a real Christmas song, something that requires a purer, clearer type of singing. I can sing that way, but I can't nail it in one take, it requires a lot more editing and not only do I not have those skills, I was running out of time - Christmas is almost upon us!
After trying half a dozen songs, I finally settled on Elvis's 'O Little O Bethlehem' because it still had hints of black gospel in its track.
This was done very, very, quickly and I'm not sure it's as good as White Christmas - but it's one of my favorite Xmas songs and I had fun recording it.
"But you, Bethlehem, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." Micah 5:2
Years ago, my aunt sent us the link to a video that had gone viral on the Internet. To the tune of White Christmas, a rather clumsily animated Santa Claus and reindeer crooned and bopped their way across the screen.
It was adorable and it was how I discovered the Drifters White Christmas.
I had long been a fan of the Drifters (for those of you out there who have no idea what I’m talking about they were a doo-wop group from the 1950s). That’s right, I listen to this kind of thing all the time and I don’t care who knows it! I love the smooth tones of their voices, their flawless ability to harmonize and to actually sing with hardly any musical back up. They used their voices like instruments and I will never tire of listening to these artists, who really knew what singing was all about.
This particular song I recorded in my basement ‘studio’ (a bedroom that my family and I have converted into a work room for my painting, writing and recording…it also comes in handy as a secret place for wrapping Christmas presents). Unfortunately, this room is not sound proof and if a fly even buzzes through the other end of the room, my mic can pick it up. Like the old film sets, I have to go around the house, warning my family and asking them not to use certain sinks or stomp around too much. They are very generous in accommodating me and I race back into my room and whip out five or six takes before giving everybody the green light.
So here it is. My take on the Drifters White Christmas, done in my basement studio, with my Yeti mic and my laptop. It isn’t necessarily a thing of beauty but this song will be a joy forever to me. I had so much fun recording it!
I am so excited - my singing teacher has set up her own home recording studio!
For my lesson yesterday, instead of doing lip trills and deep breathing exercises, I got to record a song! I picked Dean Martin's 'Everybody Love's Somebody' and with my wonderful teacher manning the controls, we were able to whip out this puppy in 45/60 minutes. Believe me, in the recording world, that is REALLY fast. I have had the opportunity of using a real recording studio and each time it took over 3 hours to record 2 songs and it could take as long as to two weeks for the sound engineer to send me my finished tracks. Not to mention that it can take weeks for everybody's schedule to align to set up the recording date in the first place.
My teacher and I were jumping up and down in glee at being able to do this ourselves and we recorded and mixed it in a few easy clicks. It's not as perfectly mixed as a sound engineer would get it - I did about 3 takes and we used the best recording, instead of clipping together all my best parts from multiple takes. It probably could have been studio perfect if we had had a little more time -- her set up is that good. Even as it is, its still way better than my home recording system...and in a mere hour we were able to produce a song that I am not ashamed to share on my blog.
I am now accepting donations for the Allison Singing Foundation....surely you heard about this noble charity that equips people with their own home recording studio? Never? Well, please stick around, you'll will hear a great deal more about it. Just kidding....just kidding...I’m not actually accepting donations.
My foundation of one member is already cooking up ideas for how I can create my own set up. For now, I have so many things on my plate that I'm content to keep utilizing my teacher's studio and the local recording booth. I just got a new mic....and discovered yesterday that this expensive piece of equipment wasn't the absolute best for the job. But I'm not ready to give up on it yet. I use Audacity, but aside from its most basic functions, it is still a vast, uncharted territory to me. I have a decent sized learning curve ahead of me before I can start doing this on my own and maintain my sanity.
Some people dream of having a cook, or a chauffeur, or some other permanent staff in their house....I dream of having a personal sound engineer, ready to record me and make me sound wonderful at the drop of a hat. I am an ar-TIST! I don't want to be bothered with technical things....such as pushing the 'record' button. Just thinking about all the stuff I'll have to learn makes me choke.
But buckling down and learning this process is a necessary step and when I put my mind to something, I do my best to follow through.
Audacity....home recording studio....PREPARE TO MEET YOUR MATCH!