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Day 331: The Orchestra Song (Instrument Song)

Posted by annagrace under Days 301-365

This creative project started as just something I did for fun, but then I decided to really do it and record it right, so now I’m posting it! The idea to do this came to me the other day while I was nannying. The baby I nanny for is just 12 weeks old, but has just started really smiling and making happy baby noises! He is soooooo cute when he smiles, so I was singing to him and trying to make hime laugh. I realized that he smiled and “talked” a lot more when it was an upbeat sort of cutesy song, so I started to think about the songs my family used to sing on road trips growing up. The Orchestra or Instrument Song was one of our favorites! It is a sort of round where everybody singing has different words they sing, but all the parts fit together! So I started singing all the different parts to Levi (the baby), which he loved, but then I really wanted to hear all the parts together again, so I started recording it. Well, recording while nannying on my iPad is near impossible, so I got down a couple lines, but that was all. Then I decided today that I would record it right!

Just a side note real quick: I just got a new computer for Christmas (well… new to me anyways! It’s my dad’s old laptop, but still like new!), so it doesn’t have everything on it. I’m trying to find a firewire cable so that I can transfer everything from my old computer to the new one, but haven’t had any luck so far. And I can’t just use an ethernet cable because the old computer won’t turn on!! Ahhhh… At any rate, at this moment I don’t have Garage Band on my laptop (although if it were a brand new Mac, it would come with it on it already…), so I recorded this on my iPad without any of my usual “live recording” effects and what not. I think considering the simplicity of the song, it doesn’t need all that, but I just think my voice sounds better with effects, so… whatever.

ANYWAYS, I started just like my family did growing up with the Horn part, which is just the same note repeated over and over saying, “The horn, the horn awakes me at morn.” This part helps sort of keep everything together. I can’t remember the order that we added the parts in growing up, so I just did what I thought sounded right, starting with Clarinet. That part goes “The clarinet, the clarinet goes doodly, doodly, doodly, doodly, det.” Then I added Trumpet singing “The trumpet is calling, rat-tat-tat, tat-ta-ta-tat-tat, tat-tat, tat tat-ta-dat” After that was the Kettle Drum with “The kettle drum plays. It plays only two notes. Five one, one five, five five five five one.” Then was the Violin singing, “The violin sings with joy for me. The violin sings with joy for us all.” Now in most of the versions of this song you’ll find, that’s all the parts. Well, my mom’s family growing up, being the musicians that they all are, decided to make up a couple more parts! The first one was the bassoon, which I think my mom made up, if I remember correctly… It goes, “The bassoon it makes a noise, a joyful noise. Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.” And the final part that I believe my Aunt Gwenn made up is the Piccolo, singing “The Piccolo, the Piccolo, aaahhhHHH!”

So, I recorded all of those parts a couple times through, then put them on a loop so I wouldn’t have to sing so, so much! Then I decided that instead of just adding each part in one at a time all on top of each other, I wanted to make sure each part was heard individually with just the horn. So, I broke it up into sections, then after that did the layering…. I feel like those last couple of sentences were hard to understand… but it’s after midnight and I’m tired, so just listen to the song and I think you’ll get it!

Orchestra Song (Instrument Song)

I’m really happy with how this turned out! Doing this brought back a lot of happy memories with my family, so I’m glad I recorded it!

Last post for the night! More tomorrow!

Anna Grace

You all should know by now that I love the musical Spring Awakening! I’ve already done several songs from it and I hope that one day I’ll have done them all! In an effort to do that, I decided to record a couple of songs a capella that I hadn’t done before!

The first song is The Mirror-Blue Night. I started out a little low with this one for my range, but it gets higher as the song progresses, so I think it needed to be that low.

The Mirror-Blue Night

That song was pretty short, so I decided to do another one! The second song is The Dark I Know Well. I was reluctant to do this song at first because it’s about two of the girls being sexually abused by their fathers, but I decided I needed to tackle it anyways.

The Dark I Know Well

I think that both of these turned out pretty well for just single take a capella songs! I’ve just got a couple songs left, then I will have recorded the entire Spring Awakening Soundtrack!

Anna Grace


Day 293: Apologize

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

One of the 4 songs I bought the sheet music for the other day was One Republic’s Apologize (It’s actually Timbaland ft. One Republic, but really, saying eh eh eh shouldn’t make you the main artist!)! The arrangement I found was a cappella for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, 2 tenors, 1 bass, and one tenor solo part. That’s right. EIGHT individual parts!!! And all of them completely different from each other with syncopated rhythms fitting together to make this crazy background to the solo.

At any rate, this was definitely one that I had to write out all the parts to in GarageBand before recording just so I could get them all down. So I did that one day, and then recorded all the parts the next! The bass part was waaaayyyyy too low for me, so I recorded it up an octave and then brought it down in GB. It’s surprisingly NOT robotic sounding like some of the other times I’ve done that, but it’s a very small and simple part, so that’s probably why. I have to tell you, this whole arrangement was hard. I could see an a cappella group being able to perform this after practicing it for a really, really long time, but for me just listening to and singing the parts a few times, this was super difficult. I would actually be really impressed if I heard a group do this arrangement, because I know how difficult it is! But, at any rate, I finally got all the tracks recorded and here’s how it turned out!


This is another one that you should really listen to with headphones just to hear all the parts! Although, then you’ll hear more clearly when I goofed up… but oh well!! I’m actually pretty happy with how this turned out, all things considered. Just wish some things line up better… On that note does anyone know how to change the metronome in GB to eighth notes versus quarter when you’re recording? That would have helped a LOT! Anyways, hope you enjoy it! I’ve got a few other projects I’m working on right now, but my day off Friday will be spent trying to look for a new apartment!! So, I hope to get a few posts in this weekend!

Anna Grace


Day 290: Telephone

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

So… It’s been quite awhile since I posted last. Over a month in fact. I just gotta say that it’s been CRAZY busy for me the last little bit! I’ve had tons of papers for school and have been working full-time at Ben Moore now. School’s over now and I’m done forever! So I have a little more time now to post and create! Obviously I didn’t meet my deadline of the end of the semester to finish this 365 project, but I’m not too worried about it! My NEW goal is the end of summer, so I’m saying  3 months from today, August 12, I hope to be done!

At any rate I decided that I wanted to do another a cappella song with multiple parts since I hadn’t done one in awhile! I looked for a long time and eventually came across an unexpected song: Telephone by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé!! Seems like a strange song to do a cappella, but apparently it was on some episode of the Sing Off, so I guess it’s legit! It was three parts, Soprano, Alto and Tenor/Bass. I first put all of the parts into Garage Band and them recorded them! The lowest part was super low at the beginning and end, so it’s a little rough, and the highest part got pretty high sometimes, but it was still fun to do!


It was hard to catch a breath when singing this! So it’s a little stop and go at some points, and pitchy. Otherwise I’m pretty  happy with it!

I hop to do one more post tonight and definitely at least one tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Anna Grace

It’s been several days since I posted, but I’ve been pretty stressed out and I just needed a few days to unwind a bit. I don’t have a legitimate excuse, but I’ll try and bust out some posts later this week.

As you may recall, I have been spending the past several posts counting down music from the years I have been alive. I’ve been choosing one top 100 hit (typically using this list) from each year and recording it quickly and simply (usually) a cappella. I’ve gone all the way from 2010 and have finally reached the year of my birth, 1988! Because we’re at the end of this theme I was doing, I wanted to make this last one special. If you look at the list for 1988, there are several good songs on there. I thought about a bunch of them… I even contemplated rick-rolling you people, but luckily for you, I decided against it. :) Finally, I came across number 32 on the list, Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin, and decided it had to be done. But, I couldn’t just sing the melody a cappella… I had to do all of the parts!! So after searching around for awhile for some sheet music, I came across this nifty little site that helps you listen to every individual part and sing along with it! I just listened to each part and recorded myself singing it with headphones in! The bass part was way too low for me to sing so I sang it up an octave and then brought it down in Garage Band. The rhythm of it was kind of crazy, so it’s not exactly right in some spots, but I think it turned out alright. And since I recorded each track individually, there are some places where all of the parts don’t line up exactly, but I think it turned out really good!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy (1988)

This was a lot of fun to do!! I think was a great way to finish off this recap of my life through music! :mrgreen:

Anna Grace

The top hit I chose for 1989 was the New Kids On The Block hit U Got It (The Right Stuff)! There is something so great about NKOTB… The very late 80s into the 90s and into the early 00s were the time of the boy band, and they were one of the greats. The fact that they got together with the Backstreeet Boys and went on tour recently is so amazing, too!! That is any girl of the 90s dream come true! I just recorded this a cappella in one take!

U Got It (The Right Stuff) (1989)

Love this song! Oh so cheesy, but oh so great!!

Anna Grace


Day 247(16 days late): Vogue (1990)

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

I was trying really, really hard to not repeat artists in this little top 100 countdown of my musical past, but when I realized that the number 1 song in 1990 was Madonna’s Vogue, I had to do it! As we all know by now, I love love love Madonna! The way she has reinvented herself over the years so many times is just amazing, but her vogue era is probably one of my favorites! Anyone who knows me well and has gone out to the local bar, Hanna’s, knows that when this song comes on, I am allllllll over it! Singing every word, even in the sort of rap part! It’s just so fabulous!! It’s also a favorite one to car dance too! (I’m talking to you, Jen!!)

At any rate, I just sang this a cappella with the main melody and then added the harmony. Love this song!!!

Vogue (1990)

I’m so happy  I did this song! It has made today/tonight soooo much better!! :mrgreen: And what a great way to round out the 90s!

Anna Grace


Day 245(18 days late): Dreams (1994)

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For my top 100 pick of 1994 I chose The Cranberries hit Dreams. As I think I’ve already mentioned, I love The Cranberries! Her voice is just so haunting and beautiful.

So I decided to sing this in 2 parts, duh! It’s definitely necessary! Unfortunately, I also decided to sing the sort of Native American chant at the end, and I had a hard time finding the notes…. and I think I was trying too hard to sound like him and the lead singer. So, just sort of ignore the end! haha :mrgreen:

Dreams (1994)

A quick, not-so-hot take of an excellent 90s song… but it will do for now!

Anna Grace


Day 244(19 days late): Kiss From A Rose (1995)

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Moving on in the walk down my musical past, the top 100 song I chose for 1995 is Kiss From A Rose by Seal. I cannot find the words to express to you how much I absolutely love this song! Seals voice is so smooth and rich like a good dark chocolate and it melts itself into this song so well. I used to listen to this song on repeat when I was growing up, and still to this day when it comes on the radio I crave a second, third or millionth listen to it. In fact when I recorded this, I probably listened to the original 5 times, just bouncing around my apartment belting it! :D Any ways, I thought about recording multiple parts to this, but realized that if I am ever going to catch up on days, I cannot do everything I want. And, if I was going to do all the parts, I knew I would have devoted the whole night to it to make it as good as it deserved to be. So, I ended up recording it a cappella, but with a lot of energy, cause that song is just so good!!

Kiss From A Rose (1995)

Maybe someday I will really devote the time to this song that I want to (possibly even bust out the oboe??), but for now I think this version turned out pretty good!

Anna Grace


Day 241(? days late): Foolish Games (1997)

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

So, I have gotten even more days behind… I went to Atlanta on Friday, then to Chattanooga on Saturday for my friend’s wedding (Shout out to Perrin and Kevin… Congrats! It was so beautiful and unique!), then back to Atlanta after the wedding late that night, then finally back to Knoxville Sunday night! So, needless to say, I didn’t get any posts in. And then this week I’ve been super busy and trying to fight off a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare up that I knew was coming… then today I failed that battle and got hit… hard. I’ve been in bed all day and on the phone with my rheumatologist to try and get an appointment, and he finally just called in a prescription for me. It seems to be helping a bit, but because of the flare up, I ended up resting/napping my entire day off instead of catching up on posts! At any rate, I don’t know how many days behind I am at this point because I don’t have the energy to look for my project calendar, but I will try and catch up ASAP… well when I feel better!

1997 was an amazing year in music in my opinion! I had a really hard time picking just one song, so I ended up just picking whatever my mouse landed on! And that song was Foolish Games by Jewel! I love her voice! It rides the line of a yodel sometimes and is sooo interesting! So, as always, I recorded this a cappella in one take.

Foolish Games (1997)

Enjoy! I am headed to bed…

Anna Grace