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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!


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

For today’s creative project I knew I wanted to do something from the musical Spring Awakening, mostly because I love it so much and I was so inspired from seeing it on Saturday!! I originally thought I would write out all the instrument parts in Garage Band and then record my singing over that. But while I was hunting around for some sheet music (which I did find for all the songs, so there will definitely be more to come!), I was just singing to myself one of my favorite songs from it, Left Behind, and I thought, why don’t I just record it acapella? It would take a ton less time, and I thought it would be nice to do something acapella without all of the effects I normally add to my vocal recordings.

Now, in the musical, this song is sung by Melchior, who is the leading male. I can sing as low as him sometimes, but it definitely doesn’t sound all that good, so I just sang it in a key that I was comfortable with. I think of all the songs in this musical, this is definitely the best to do acapella. I think one of the reasons I love this song so much is because of how simple it is orchestrally. It also brings beauty to one of the saddest moments of the musical, and I only hope that I captured a small portion of that.

Left Behind (A Capella)

There’s a slight echo because I recorded it in my hallway (it seemed to be the quietest room). I also got sharper and sharper as I went, but oh well! I definitely think that my voice is more suited for things like this than for pop/rock songs, like Madonna’s Ray of light… :neutral:  I wish I had the guts and training to do Broadway! :( But for now, I enjoy doing things like this in my spare time. This is one of the many reasons why I am loving my 365 project! It is helping me connect back to that strong musical side of myself that has been missing over the past couple of years!! :D

Be on the lookout for more stuff from Spring Awakening!

Also, as I’ve mentioned a couple times already, I have a crazy week this week, so bear with me if I fall behind a bit! Midterms are so annoying… :roll:  (Can you tell that I’ve found new smilies? :mrgreen: )

Anna Grace