Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Songs I Love to Sing: Winter Song

Ivy and I discovered "Winter Song", co-written and sung by Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles, just last year, even though it has been around since 2008. We love Ingrid and Sara as individual artists so it was cool to find a song they did together.

I love singing with Ivy! She has a natural ability for harmonies and has been able to carry her own since she was probably around five. She came to this world with some very special musical gifts. I can't wait to hear her progress in the years to come. She is still developing her vibrato, so for this song I sang with a straighter tone for a better blend. I think it is awesome that when we sing together on the melody that our voices sound like one. Having sung with my sisters for many years I know there is something to be said about genetics when trying to create that perfect blend. (think Osmond Brothers)

We did this particular recording for my sister, Annie, on her birthday. I had always envisioned that we would record it outside in the snow with candles. But, by the time we were able to film it the snow in our yard had melted. We brought it inside and did it late at night. Ivy still laughs about my candle idea, but I love the candles!! haha Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Songs I Love to Sing: I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart

I am just starting out with guitar. I have been playing over the past few years, but not really digging in and becoming good at it. This song gave me the opportunity to practice AND have a great time while doing it. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart, was a song I heard during a Prairie Home Companion live concert that we attended. You know how Garrison Keillor always has the most amazing musicians on his show? Well, his guest sang this song and I was smitten by it. I came home and got to work.

There are a couple elements to this song that make it both complex and enjoyable. The first is being able to play and sing at the same time. This takes on a whole other skill set than I am used to. It brought me a new appreciation for artists who do this and make it look effortless. You can probably see the concentration in my eyes at the very beginning when I am just playing the guitar getting ready to sing. haha It is like rubbing your stomach and patting your head. That was a unique challenge for me and I know that with more practice it will become second nature. The second element is yodeling. Again, not something I am totally proficient with, but I think it is an amusing skill to develop. I learned to yodel on a couple Patsy Cline songs I have covered, Lovesick Blues and Blue Moon of Kentucky. So, it was fun to step it up and do a more complex yodel combination on this song.

I love learning new skills. I love to challenge myself. This song brought both those things together and made the end result most enjoyable. I still have a long way to go, but if I keep it up it will be pleasing to look back on this in a few years and see my progress. Enjoy!