Wednesday was a total surprise. My entire schedule changed on Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. when Full Sail called me and asked if I could fill in for a recording session because the scheduled artists canceled. The session was 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 on Wednesday. I almost said no because I’m still on cold medicine and my voice is a little gravely and thin. But, sticking to my “preparation meets opportunity” mindset, I said yes and spent all Wednesday morning warming up, selecting songs and printing lyrics for the session. My expectation was that I would hear exactly what I needed to work on and those expectations were definitely met. There’s one song I do that’s very upbeat, kinda honky tonk and bluesy at the same time. I can get away with so much more in live performance because of the fun lyrics and the energy from the audience, but when it’s just me in a soundproof room – eek. I’ve got some SERIOUS work to do.
FSInstructorEngineer was talking with me after the session, throwing out the appropriate and somewhat obligatory compliments, but I knew he was blowing rainbows. I mentioned that I planned to work with a vocal coach and he made a recommendation that I think I’ll take. This coach has worked with some names I recognized and also works with Disney vocalists. I asked if he would work with someone like me and FSInstructorEngineer yes, so . . . I’ll call and see what happens.
When I asked for a referral for a recording project, FSInstructorEngineer said he would be interested and we should talk. I told him I wasn’t ready and he said I’m closer than I think. I don’t agree. I’m “good enough” but if you know me at all – “good enough” does NOT work for me. If I don’t have the sound, I’m not going to allow someone to give it to me using technology. At some point EVERYone sounds good with a little reverb. I refuse to make a CD that sounds like I recorded the entire thing in a tiled shower.
So, that said. Here’s a clip from one of the songs I recorded yesterday. This is a called a “rough cut” which means that it hasn’t been mixed by a professional. It’s just me and the background music and whatever the students did with it. Which is why it sounds like I’m in a shower.
5 thoughts on “singing in a shower. kinda.”
Ummmm…I didn’t hear the shower part. You’re closer than you think :o) It was a very lovely rough cut, it really was.
Ok…the last post where you mentioned putting vocals online was browsed quickly, but is still basically hanging around in my google read waiting to be read/listened to. I’m definitely going to run right over there soon!
Jules – your voice is gorgeous! Sure, there were a few notes that were a teensy bit flat to my ear, but the tone was great with just the right amount of color in your voice. (I am NOT a fan of over vibrato’d sound, but it’s probably because I have a straight tone!)
Looking forward to hearing more – and buying your CD someday! (-:
Love it 🙂
Oh, yeah, I’d buy your CD. As is. Right now. And if you’re going to work with a voice coach, I can’t wait to hear how you sound afterwards!
That’s SOME action you’ve got going there!
I know I am a bit late posting on this…..but it sounds great! 🙂
My hubby does a lot of recording projects at our house, he has a ton of equipment, and I know the whole process is very time consuming.
Good for you for posting this and pursuing it! You go girl!