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Mar-11-2013

Day 336: The A Team

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This creative project is a cover of Ed Sheeran’s The A Team. I’ve been hearing this song on the radio for awhile now, and always wanted to cover it, so I did! I started out by putting the piano part into Garage Band. Then I recorded the vocals and added the shaker. I ended up making the piano part sound like an acoustic guitar because it seemed more appropriate. At any rate, here’s my cover!

The A Team

I’m not super happy with the way my voice sounds on this recording and was planning on redoing it, but now I have strep, so I decided to just go ahead and post it as is! It’s not terrible, I just messed up a bit.

Sorry for such a short post! I should be posting at least one more creative project tonight, and maybe a few more tomorrow! Keep on the look out for them!

Anna Grace

Jan-22-2013

Day 331: The Orchestra Song (Instrument Song)

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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

Nov-9-2012

Day 320: In Between

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I recorded this and couple of other songs about a week ago, but kept forgetting to post them! At any rate, this song is In Between by Linkin Park. I really like this song because it’s much softer and calmer than the majority of LP songs, but still stays true to who they are.

I searched a bit for some chords and couldn’t really find any that worked for ukulele, so I adapted some I found to be easier. Just recorded this in one take.

In Between

I think it turned out pretty good! I was thinking about going to Market Square sometime and playing my uke and singing, and I think this one would be a good one to add to the mix! :)

A couple more posts coming up tonight, so keep your eye out for them!

Anna Grace

Sep-25-2012

Day 314: Untitled Work in Progress

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The other day I was flipping through one of my old notebooks and came across something written in the margins. It said, “You’re going to blab it to the world with the expression on your face.” Now, I have no idea why I wrote that down years ago, but that phrase inspired me to try and write my own song. I’ve never really written a song on my own, so I’m not sure how good it is, but it’s been interesting trying to piece lyrics, vocals and chords together. This is definitely a work in progress… I don’t even have a title for it yet! But I thought I would share where I am now.

I started by just writing phrases and ideas that I wanted to include in the lyrics. I had a specific rhythm for the verses that I knew wanted to do immediately, so I fit the words into that and then went from there! The chorus was a little bit harder, but I knew I wanted it to be much smoother/slower than the verse, so I played around a bit until I liked it. Keep in mind that when I originally wrote out these lyrics it was a night that I couldn’t sleep at like 4 am, so I couldn’t really sing them for fear of waking my roommate. I ended up doing a whispered recording of it just so I would possibly remember then rhythm the next day. Then today, I started singing it a few times a cappella and recording it until I liked the flow of it. Then I got out my ukulele and figured out a good key and chords to go with it! This recording is just a bare bones single track with very little uke (my fingers were getting really sore from playing through it so many times!!) just to sort of document my progress, but I think you can get an idea of how the song will be.

Untitled

I’m not sure how I feel about the bridge just yet, but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made today. I don’t expect this to be a chart topper or anything, just something that’s purely for my amusement, but I would appreciate any feedback! I’m hoping to eventually add a full ukulele part, harmonies, drums, etc. to this, but that’s definitely a ways away. Hope you like my spur of the moment creation!

Anna Grace

Sep-4-2012

Day 312: Just A Kiss

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It has been a really long time since I’ve posted anything… almost a month! I’ve just gotta say I’ve been super busy with work and this move, so I’m sorry! I’ve got a few things in the works, but I just need to finish them and post them… soon!

At any rate, I was in the car with my friend a couple of weeks ago and she had Lady Antebellum’s newest album on. I know what you’re thinking… yes they are technically a country group, BUT they are soooooooo much better in tune and not so twangy, so I really like them! And I like their harmonies :) Anyways, Just A Kiss came on and I started to try and pick out the lower part while my friend sang the higher. We ended up listening to it twice! I decided then that this would be a fun song to cover, so I did!

I found the sheet music for free just by doing a simple google search. I originally was going to actually play the piano part live on the piano in GarageBand on my iPad, but it was taking forever, and there’s not really enough room for two hands! So I ended up writing it out on my computer. Then I just recorded the 2 parts and was done!

Just A Kiss

I think it turned out pretty well! I just wish the piano sounded less stiff, but I guess that happens only with a real person playing!

I’m working on a couple of gifts at the moment that are taking FOREVER! I’m hoping to finish this coming weekend, so I’ll be sure to post them when I do!

Anna Grace Smith

Aug-8-2012

Day 310: Rainbow Connection

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I don’t know about you all, but growing up I LOVED all of the Muppet movies and shows! I used to watch the movies on repeat when I was at my grandparents’ house! Mimom (my dad’s mom) loved, and still loves, puppets and writes a puppet skit for Vacation Bible School every year! She’s so creative :) Anyways, I decided to show my love for the Muppets today by doing a cover of Rainbow Connection!

I found an instrumental arrangement for it on Ukulele Hunt, but realized very quickly that I couldn’t play all of those notes at once! So I just recorded the melody on one track and the chords on another!

Rainbow Connection

Pretty simple, but fun! And definitely brought back memories of my childhood… :)

Anna Grace

Jul-27-2012

Day 308: You’re Still The One

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So, you all know that I don’t like Country music. You’re probably looking at that title up there, thinking “isn’t that a Shania Twain song, and isn’t she country??” Both those statements are correct, but I’m a firm believer in making exceptions to every rule and keeping an open mind about things. So when I saw Shania’s You’re Still The One in my 98-99 Pop Hits book, I decided to go for it! Plus, I don’t know a single girl who grew up in the 90s who didn’t rock out to a little Shania at one point!

So, I just did a quick rendition of this in one take! Just me and my good old ukulele!

You’re Still The One

A pretty easy song to do without anything fancy going on in my cover, but I’m alright with it! Now don’t be looking forward to anymore country coming from me… :)

Anna Grace

Jul-27-2012

Day 307: Frozen

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As you all should know by now, I love me some Madonna! I’ve covered several of her songs already, but I can never get enough of her, so here’s one more! This song is my second favorite off of her Ray of Light album (other than the title track), Frozen! I always loved this video! I thought it was really cool the way she danced, so I tried to dance like that and I really wanted henna tattoos!! haha

I found the chords/lyrics in that same 98-99 Pop Hits piano book that a few other covers have come from, but I just adapted them for ukulele! In this extremely stripped down version, I recorded 2 tracks. The first one is the uke chords and melody, and the second is the harmony and the little diddy on ukulele at the end!

Frozen

This is the first recording I’ve done in the new place and it’s interesting how different the acoustics are here! More echoing I think. I was also standing in the corner with my computer and music propped up on the walls, so it probably echoed even more! If I could just get rid of the buzzing from my laptop, we’d be golden! Doing this really makes me want that album again! I might have to go to McKay tomorrow…

Anna Grace

Jul-26-2012

Day 306: Drift Away

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So… I lied to you all. I promised more posts the same day as the last post, and failed to do so. And that was over 2 weeks ago!! All I can say is, I’ve been nuts trying to pack for this move, then I got sick, then I moved and didn’t have internet… until today, so here we are! So, I’ll do at least 2 posts tonight, and maybe be done with this project sometime before Christmas… :mrgreen:

At any rate, this creative project is a cover of Drift Away by Dobie Gray, or for you youngins out there, by Uncle Kracker, who did a cover in 2003. One of these versions of this song comes on the radio at work just about every day (we listen to B97.5 most of the time… no repeats throughout the day, but you sure do play exactly the same songs every single day at the same exact time!) and my manager commented that he really loved the song and never realized that Uncle Kracker didn’t originally sing it. This is coming from someone who listens to mostly country, so I try and cut him a little slack… Just kidding, love you, Herbie! Anyways, after he said that, I happened to come across some uke chords for it, so I went with it! This was right at the beginning of my cold, so forgive my frog-like voice!

Drift Away

I recorded this in 2 tracks in order to get the harmonies in the little riff (I’m not talented enough to play both at the same time :( ) and to add the (super awkward) clapping.

At least one more post tonight, I PROMISE!!!

Anna Grace