I swear, I was just taking a short detour, back in July, and here I am in mid-December...how did that happen?
I realise many of you may be wondering where I went, as my communication was fairly much gone and there's an album to release!! ???
And there is an album, it's so almost nearly just about but not quite done. We'll be sending it off for mixing and mastering in January, and then our lead up to a launch (scheduled for April 2017) will begin! There's a lot yet to do, with photoshoots and cover design and printing and that all requires some branding and creative direction thinking. It's a lot to get through over my summer “break”, but I'm committed!
Just to prove we've still been working on the album, despite my silence, here's a snap James took of me recording one of the vocal tracks in October.
Something to get you in the Christmas zone
With Christmas bearing down on us, and Christmas songs in my head all day, I'm drawn to help you get your Chrissie spirit on, with a few of my favourite tracks of the season.
A fun one to start - Christina Perri doing Let It Snow, with a smooth, country feel. And you know I love me some smooth country.
Love this humorous twist on Baby, It's Cold Outside with Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
In a classic display of singing completely without regard to lyric, Beyonce's version of Silent Night is a killer display of her big notes and vocal gymnastics, but despite the fact that there's nothing silent or night-like about this video/rendition, it still gives me goosebumps and some of her blue notes are totally amazing. Worth a listen.
I don't usually do song repeats, but here's a great country styled Silent Night, which is a little slow till the last minute, when these three amazing voices do an acapella voice, and it's all worth waiting for.
On an acapella theme, this year I heard about Pentatonix, an acapella group from the U.S. and here's their Winter Wonderland version, which is smooth and fun.
Another jovial little interlude, with just about as much Mariah Carey as I can stand, surrounded by some funny Jimmy Fallon and a few cute kids. Just the way All I Want For Christmas should be heard.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is such a beautiful Christmas song and this version, by Carrie Underwood, is simple and killer. Carrie's voice has to be one of my favourite, of today's “stars", because she has such big, power high notes and beautifully toned soft notes. I rarely find anything sung in a way I don't like. Love this version of this song, through and through.
And, as you may know, my all-time favourite Christmas song is O Holy Night. This is a song that separates the good singers from the “You've got to be freaking kidding me" fantastic ones. Many have sund it, few have nailed it (in my humble opinion). It's not just hitting the notes, it's understanding what this melody and topic really want. It's a song written to let an amazing voice soar, with it's grand big, high notes, but it also allows a truly fantastic singer the scope for displaying their vocal control on the gentle and tender notes. I've listened to SO many versions of this song over the years. And while Aretha's version remains my number one preferred version, I've shared that with you all before, so I seek new bring-me-to-tears versions. And this one did it. It's a study in under-dressing and over-playing the piano, but, damn, David Phelps can sing. In fact, if going to church meant I heard this kinda singing each week, I'd be there even with the very cheesey southern church goers in the background! Enjoy this amazing man's talent here.
I hope you're all somewhere safe and fun this Christmas season, with people you love and who love you back and that the New Year brings you many blessings and joyful moments. Merry Christmas everyone.