online poker

Create A Day

One creative project every day for a year

Jul-1-2011

Day 148(2 days late): Veggie Tales Theme

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

Let’s top off this streak of ukulele songs with something fun: The Veggie Tales Theme Song!! I quite enjoy the Veggie Tales, although I was probably too old to really be watching it :) . I think one of the kids I babysat in high school watched it a lot or something… Whatever. Some of my favorite songs are “The Hairbrush Song” “Grapes of Wrath” and “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything!”

Veggie Tales Theme

I <3 Veggie Tales!!

Anna Gr….. BuT wAiT!!!!! nOw A bOnUs ReCoRdEr SoNg: AlOuEtTe WiTh ThReE pArTs!!!

I’m never typing like that again, I swear!

Alouette

Enjoy!

Anna Grace

Jun-27-2011

Day 142(4 days late): 5 Years Time

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

I woke up this morning with the most hellacious migraine. So bad that I called in sick to work, when I really need the extra hours. I slept pretty much all day with my head under a pillow to block out light and then finally woke around 6 and felt 1000 times better! I still have a twinge of a headache, but I think I’m good to go for work tomorrow.

Last night I started working on a project for a friend of mine’s birthday and planned on finishing and posting it today, but it’s a very detail oriented thing, so I didn’t think it would be good for my poor wittle head… :( Another day! So instead of that, I decided to do another ukulele song. I know, I know… I’ve done a lot of ukulele lately, but I’m just having so much fun with it and am learning so much! I particularly wanted to work on my strumming patterns today, since that’s probably the thing I struggle with the most. I can strum down just fine… it’s the up motion that I absolutely fail at! So I thought about it awhile and remembered that Noah and the Whale’s 5 Years Time had an awesome ukulele part, and is just an amazing, fun song in general! I love how retro feeling that video is… soooo hipster it’s amazing. :) And then I thought, why don’t I cover the other instruments parts with recorder, so I did! This is the first song where I’ve done both recorder and ukulele, and I imagine there will be many more to come!

I started out by just recording the ukulele by itself without vocals so I could concentrate more on the strumming. I just listened to the song with headphones on so I could get the timing right. It’s very easy chord-wise– the same 4 chords over and over again– but the strumming was more difficult. I didn’t get it exactly the way they do it, but at least I didn’t do all down strums! Kinda proud of myself :mrgreen: although I think I changed the strum pattern at the end…. but at least it still fits! Anywho, after that I recorded the main vocal part (up an octave) and tripped of the words some, but I think it was alright except for on the last verse… but I wasn’t too worried about it. Then I recorded to harmony over top of that, then recorder for the whistling, violin, and penny whistle (sort of made up some parts particularly at the end), and finally I recorded a clapping track. I think it turned out pretty good, all things considered!!

5 Years Time

This was such a fun song to do that I didn’t mind listening to over and over again to get the parts down. :D I’m still very behind on posts obviously, so I hope to get them done later this week, and if not, I’ll catch up this weekend.

Anna Grace

May-1-2011

Day 88(2 days late): 3 Harder Recorder Duets

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

I know, I know… more recorder???? But these duets I chose are ones in that bunch of 20 that I’ve been avoiding because they were a little high and I didn’t know the fingering, or had accidentals (and I didn’t know the fingering…), but finally decided to tackle them! These are all alto recorder with soprano fingerings.

The first one is Far Og Søn. I hadn’t done this one mostly because that highest not is really hard to get out… so sorry for the shrilling! But I really like the lower part!

Far Og Søn

The second one is Pentaton melodi. Pretty much the same thing one this one… really high note! Sorry it sounds so gross… you have to push a lot to get that note!

Pentaton melodi

The last one is Allegro, and it had a lot of accidentals that I was unsure of the fingerings for. I sort of botched some of this one, but I think it turned out alright, all things considered!

Allegro

For those keeping track, I have, so far, done 17 of the 20 Easy Recorder Duets for Children… so… only 3 more! Each of those are even harder, for various reasons, so I think I’ll wait a bit before tackling them!

I’m slowly catching up!! Yay!

Anna Grace

Apr-15-2011

Day 73: 2 Recorder Duets, Disen and Ekko

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

These recorder duets were really easy and short, so I did two of them! In fact, they were from a pdf I found on free-scores.com called 20 Easy Recorderduets for Children… haha! So, yeah they were easy. :D They were written by Tom Horn and it looks as though the title might have originally been in German (20 lette blokfløjteduetter for børn), so the titles of the duets are in German also. Also, I played these on Alto Recorder using Soprano fingerings.

The first one is called Disen.

Disen

The second one is called Ekko (it’s sort of like a round). BTW I changed from minor to major because it was having issues with the Bb fingering!

Ekko

There ya go!

Anna Grace

So, yeah, this is a day late… Yesterday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! I would go into details, but just take my word for it that it was bad! So when I got off work, I just sort of crashed, hung out with a friend and did homework. Anything I would have produced for the blog yesterday would have also been terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad!

At any rate, this project more than makes up for it, I think! It’s another song from my favorite musical, Spring Awakening! This song is The Guilty Ones, and I decided upon it mostly because it was doable on alto recorder (using soprano fingerings). So, I ended up doing 3 parts on recorder (I had to make one go down an octave in Garage Band because I couldn’t play that low), a small part on guitar (not real guitar… just put it in GB) and voice over all of that! WHEW!

The Guilty Ones

This took pretty long to get all the parts in time together, but I think it turned out really well! In fact, I think it might be my best recording yet?? Although Techo Baby Baby has a special place in my heart! :D

Look for today’s post later tonight!

Anna Grace

Apr-11-2011

Day 69: The Power of Good-Bye

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

I decided that this project needed some music, because I haven’t had any in awhile! So I pulled out the trusty Smash Pop Hits of 1998-1999 book again and found a piece that was a decent key for recorder. I came across Madonna’s The Power of Good-Bye! I love that music video and think it’s so beautiful (although the chess playing reminds me of that scene in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, hahaha)! You know I love me some Madonna, so I was immediately like PERFECT!

I was planning on just doing recorder and voice, but the piano part was waaaaayyy too fast for my arthritic little fingers! And it was really high and shrill sounding on soprano recorder, so I transposed it for alto. After I wrote out the piano part and recorded the recorder, I decided that I needed to record the words, just because I love this song! So it might have not been necessary, and it made it take a bit longer, but I like the way it turned out!

The Power of Good-Bye

:D Love Madonna… and Garage Band :D

Anna Grace

Mar-9-2011

Day 36: Whispering from Spring Awakening

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

I’m on a bit of a music kick this week apparently… oh well! I think there are far more art projects thus far anyways, so this will help balance it out a bit.

I’ve done another song from Spring Awakening, Whispering! This hasn’t necessarily been one of my favorite songs in the musical, but while listening to it today and looking at the sheet music, I realized that I was the perfect range for recorder! Well, for the most part anyways. It sounded ridiculously high on the soprano recorder, so I transposed it for alto (super easy… just used soprano fingerings on the alto recorder). So… I recorded the main part on recorder, then the parts where harmonies were absolutely necessary, I recorder multiple parts… some places it was up to 4 recorder parts!! Then I just recorded me singing Wendla’s part over top of it and voila! Finished piece!

Whispering

It’s a lot more sparsely orchestrated than the original, obviously, but I sort of like it with out the drums and what not! I have the strong desire to go and audition for a musical now haha :D . Not that I have time… but one can dream!

You know, doing this 365 project reminds me of a lot of fun times growing up. My family is extremely musical, and we all sort of come by it naturally. My best friend, her big sister, my big sister, and I used to spend hours singing and making up harmonies spontaneously! I remember several trips to Hickory, NC where we spent the whole drive singing there and back. :) We were in talent shows a few times also and we always had a lot of fun.

Just FYI, I’ve created this post 2 days in advance and scheduled it’s publishing time on Wednesday, my day with 2 exams! So hopefully this way I won’t get to behind!

Now, to clean… will definitely be blasting Spring Awakening as I do so!

Anna Grace

Mar-1-2011

Day 28: Recorder Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

Remember that recorder book that I told you all about the other day that I ordered? Well IT’S HERE!!!!!!

Bow down to it’s glory!

YES! It’s The Beatles!!! For recorder!! I obviously had to purchase this when I saw it :) . I love, love, love The Beatles! The only downside is the preview of it on the site I ordered it from showed duets, and this book only has solo recorder :( :o !!! I’m still using it for at least today’s post, but I will be contacting the company, because that is definitely false advertising!

At any rate, I decided to record one of the most fun Beatles songs ever, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da! I contemplated coming up with a second part to this, but I honestly don’t have the time or energy today, so I just recorded the solo part by itself. Also, I didn’t use a metronome because it was screwing me up, so bear with the uneven tempos! Oh, and I did this all in one take and I usually divide it up so… there ya go.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

I have a fond memory of hanging out in my dorm room freshman or sophomore year with some of my best friends I’ve made in college rocking out to this song on repeat! I remember on one of the choruses, my friend Brian was singing, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, life goes on…” and when he said “bra!” he grabbed my bra that was hanging on my closet door and  danced around with it!!! Hahaha so so funny… I miss those days :(

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, BRA!!!!!

By the way, good luck getting this song out of your head… I know it will be in mine for a few days! :D

Anna Grace