January – Up In The Air

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At the end of last month I visited my parents in Cambodia for their 50th wedding anniversary.  I had a wonderful time and the overnight flights were fine, except for one small thing.  Someone near me must have had a pretty bad cold…

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Even the ukulele get a cold from time to time.

Nobody likes getting sick, but it happens.  This was a hassle, but it wasn’t a big deal.  I got a stuffy nose, a sore throat and my voice dropped an octave.  And once the sickness went away, I was left with a bunch of lingering symptoms – in particular, a deeper voice.

I had a song to work on, and I was making good progress.  I’d done everything but record the vocals and I was waiting for my voice to return.  So I waited, and I waited.  And then I waited some more, thinking I should rename my song, “Lingering Sinus Congestion”, but I was also getting worried.  How was I going to sing if my voice was twice as low?

Like everything in life you can’t change or control, sometimes you just have to go with it.  If you can’t beat’em, join’em. So, instead of waiting till April for my voice to return, I embraced its lowness and re-wrote the tune to take advantage of these unchartered notes.  It felt funny at first, but it didn’t take long before I was having a lot of fun with these notes.  And who knows?  I might just use them again now that I know I have them.

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Before he got famous, the ukulele used to hang out with other bass singers.

p.s.  Here’s the chart.

Album update!!!  Last month I told you that I was putting my 2013 songs in an album.  Well, I’ve done that.  I tweaked the mixes (if you liked “You Can Do It” before, you’re going to love it now) and had them all mastered.  And, just for fun, tossed in one more tune, just for good measure.  I’ll have this baker’s dozen on CDs and iTunes, and pre-sales start February, 11th.  And don’t worry I’ll send you an email reminder!  The official release is March, 11th – this gives the distributer just enough time to ramp up some publicity and fan-fare.  Here’s a sneak-peak at the front of the album:

Here's what the front looks like (photograph by KC Jung Photography)

photograph by KC Jung Photography

… and here’s the back:

... and here's what the backside looks like!

2 thoughts on “January – Up In The Air

  1. Super Excellent January Song!! I’ll need CD’s in bulk in Frebuary!!

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