Song 33 – September – That’s Alright
Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with my songs, and this new one is no exception. The past 32 songs I’ve recorded have all been one layer (or instrument) at a time. I’ll start by recording a single ukulele part. Then I’ll record another instrument. And then another. I just add sounds, one part at a time, until I’ve created a rich sonic space that’s deeply layered.
This time, however, I wanted to record as much as I could all at the same time. Not only that, I didn’t want the song to feel like each note had been precisely placed with tweezers; I wanted to capture the fun, energy and messiness of learning a new tune. So we (The Star Makers) only ran through this one a few times before recording it. In the end, we were able to capture almost everything live (including the energy and fun). After we had a good take, we added clapping and I doubled the mandolin solo to make it easier to hear in the mix.
I hope everyone had a great September! I had a wonderful month. Recording this song, a playful spoof on my relationship with the folks that live across the street, was a highlight, but I also traveled to New York City to perform with a dance company. It was a blast getting to spend 5 days rehearsing and performing there. If you’d like to play or sing along with this tune, here’s the song sheet. And last, but certainly not least, all of the pictures and the video were taken by Kacy Jung.