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Day 266: The One That Got Away

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

Katy Perry, who is an artist I really love (as you probably already know), is so good to her fans that she made a youtube video of the lyrics and chords to her song, The One That Got Away, so they could do covers of it! She has asked all her fans to record videos of themselves preforming it and post them on youtube with “My “The One That Got Away” Cover” in the title, and then they will pick their favorites to post on her youtube channel and facebook page! So, I decided, why not? And so I made my own cover!

At first I thought I would do the chords on ukulele since I don’t have a guitar, but it was in an awkward key for uke and I’ve been having issues with my RA in my left hand. I ended up entering the chords into the GarageBand app on my iPad and use the Smart Guitar to strum the chords while I sang! You can’t see the iPad in the video, but it’s definitely live while I’m singing! So, sorry for mistakes! I look like crap on camera and it’s extra awkward because I was looking back and forth between the lyrics on my laptop and my iPad, but whatevs!

I hope I don’t always look like that when I sing… But I think the song itself turned out pretty good! I hope Katy features my video!! I’ll let you know if she does!!

Anna Grace


Day 228(16 days late): Firework (2010)

Posted by annagrace under Days 201-300

I have been trying to think of some way that I could quickly bust out  a bunch of posts to make up for all the ones I have missed lately. I finally decided that I would do a bunch of acapella recordings in a row, but they would have a theme that ties them together. So, my plan is to find the top 100 (or 50… or whatever) song lists for each of the years Ive been alive, and record one song from each year! I know Ive probably already covered a lot of those years in previous posts, so I will pick a different song that hasn’t been done, and ultimately have 23 songs for 1988-2010! So starting with this post, I will be counting backwards from 2010!

Firework is probably actually one of my least favorite Katy Perry songs because of its stupid lyrics and metaphors, but it was a major hit last year, and one that I thought I could cover fairly easily! So, I just sang it acapella in one take!

Firework (2010)

I hope that you followers of this 365 project will enjoy this theme and not view it as a cop-ot! I think it will be interesting to see what I choose for each year!

Anna Grace


Day 168(3 days late): Hot N Cold

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

So I’ve fallen yet another day behind because I was so tired after work yesterday that I just vegged out and then fell asleep. So sorry, but it was needed!

Anyways, this post was going to be a simple recording, but then I started playing with Garage Band and ended up actually making it pretty elaborate! :mrgreen: The song I decided to do was Hot N Cold by Katy Perry. Say what you want about her and her songs… and her over-the-top/cheesy sexual referencing, I love Katy Perry and her music is just so dang catchy!! You can’t deny that they get in your head so easily! (I will say, though, that the first verse in “Firework” kills me… metaphors involving plastic goods should not be used in song lyrics. :neutral: ) Hot N Cold is probably one of my favorite Katy Perry songs, and definitely one of the most catchy (except for maybe California Gurls), and I had it stuck in my head today, so that was my choice! Then after searching around for awhile, I figured out that the ukulele chords were very simple and basically just repeated over and over (except for the bridge… but I just left them the same. It still seemed to work ok), so I recorded myself playing the chords a few times and then just repeated it in Garage Band for the whole song. And I actually used a strumming pattern instead of just a bunch of down strums! :D I’m still having so trouble with strumming evenly, but I think I’ve improved a lot with practice! Anyways, I then sang over the ukulele track. I had a hard time getting into the rhythm at first on the verses, but I eventually got the hang of it and my throat’s sort of sore today, so I just did one take. I played around with the effects for a bit on both of the tracks, and then decided that with the effects it needed some drums! So I searched through all of the beats that are already built-in to Garage Band and found one I liked! I thought it needed a little something extra on the chorus, so I added a clave beat to it (wanted to do cowbell :mrgreen: but it wouldn’t load for some reason :( )  and then I added a crash symbol at the end. Finally, I recorded the background “you…. but you” part during the chorus and used a radio effect on it and I was done! Without further ado, here’s the finished product!

Hot N Cold

I’m really, really happy with this one and had so much fun playing around in Garage Band! It reminds me of some of the first music projects I did, and I think I want to go back to that for a bit, while still incorporating real instruments!

Good luck getting this song out of your head!! :D

Anna Grace