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The next big thing in birthday music

April 8, 2012

oh! hello. didn’t see you there.

ever get tired of singing the same happy birthday song to friends and family of yours that are composers?

try making a special a capella birthday rendition of something that they composed!

i did this recently for Mark Messing, based on an excerpt from an awesome piece of his called “Fredonia Strikes Back” that he wrote for orchestra.

here’s the excerpt:

and here’s my happy birthday mark messing a capella home recorded silly town version:

this was fun for a couple two tree reasons.

1. i got to get into this section of the piece and get to know it a little; figure out the chords and some of the voicings, etc.
2. the piece is a comically dark vehicle for a “happy birthday” message.
3. i like to sing. hadn’t done any voice only work in a while, and it’s quite satisfying. fun to sing all the parts and have to
tune to yourself, and in this case, make some percussion noises! also, nice to not have to set up and tear down other gear
all afternoon recording live instruments.

whenever i get into a project like this it always makes me wanna do a whole set. like make a record of this, a record of that. kids songs, hip hop, a capella stuff, a heavy metal album. but who has the time?

anyway, thanks for the music mark! happy day!

j

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