Freaky Fridays #1

Who’s up for “Freaky Fridays” over here at carolkroll.com? And what does that mean exactly? It’s a wildcard day where I’ll be posting something that will probably be (but not limited to) music or art every week on Fridays. For example, puppets and puppetry would be under the art category so expect a whole bunch of weird shit.

Today’s offering will be in the music category. I’ve been listening to my music on shuffle lately so I don’t keep listening to the same three songs everyday like I tend to do. This is quite a huge step for me since I wasn’t even listening to music with words for the past five years. Mental breakdowns come in all shapes and sizes and that was part of mine. Anyway, shuffle reminded me of this tune I constructed in 2008-2009 and I thought I’d share it for the new installment of “Freaky Fridays”.

This song was constructed inside GarageBand. It was/is my first attempt dabbling in trying to make a Latin-esque tune. Maybe it’s because I’m the product of the 1970s that I cannot get enough of a horn section in songs. I used the musical instruments available inside GarageBand for the “horn section” in this tune and for the life of me, I’m trying to figure out how I did that. I seem to remember GarageBand expansion packs in CD form and hopefully they have digital versions available now. I haven’t investigated yet but I will. I’ve also been back at the piano so perhaps I’ll be brave enough to make my own musical parts. It’s too soon to tell right now. Healing yourself is a very tricky and fragile matter.

Welcome to the first “Freaky Friday”; hope you enjoy one of my own tunes entitled “Your Loss”. Thanks for stopping by! Keep safe and I hope the weekend treats you well.

"Your Loss" - Carol Kroll

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #23

Today’s Carolaoke tune is a Sweet Jelly original that I don’t think a lot of people have heard before. I’ve provided the original scratch track that Aaron and I put together in his basement way back in 2003 to hear where/how it started out. I really wanted this to be on the “Jelly Happens” album but we all voted on that matter and it didn’t make it. So why not take that frown and turn it upside down with a “Sweet Jelly Scratch Track Remake” 18 years later! The time is now. This is the way.

The song I chose to remake today from the Sweet Jelly vault is “Keeping It To Myself”. In that same vault there are other songs entitled “Avoiding Confrontation” and “Pretending All The Time” so you can probably see where all this is going. I made the current scratch track using my voice, Garageband and my trusty rusty PSR-195 Yamaha keyboard. This is a scratch track; a rough sketch for professionals who know how to make and record music properly. In no way am I imagining that this is anything *but* a scratch track.

Below, I’ve included the lyrics to this tune for those of you that are into that sort of thing. This was tough, but great therapy engrossing myself inside this tune. Though Sweet Jelly disbanded amicably, it’s a multi-emotional-dimension for me to revisit. I miss making music with those dudes. We had a lot of fun! And there are a lot of songs in that vault that (sadly) remain unheard. Why not change that.

Please enjoy this bit of old with a bit of new!

Sweet Jelly Original "Keeping It To Myself" scratch track 2003

"Keeping It To Myself" 2021 Remake

Keeping It To Myself
Sweet Jelly 2003
Music: A.Johnson
Lyrics: C.Kroll

Verse 1:
You’re just running away
That’s what you always say
But I don’t see it that way-ay
I’m just keeping it to myself!
Feels like I’m saying a lot
Turns out that I’m not
Is that what’s got you so hot?
I’m just keeping it to myself!

Chorus: 1
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to my self-elf-el-elf!

Verse 2:
I watch it all from these eyes
My pair of two little spies
They see all the white lies
But I’m keeping that to myself!
I love to see you get mad
Losing all that you had
And deep down I’m glad
BUT I’m keeping that to myself!

Chorus: 2
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to my self-elf-el-elf!

Verse 3:
Communication’s the key
But how much more do you need?
And why can’t you see-eee
That I’m keeping it to myself!
Someday the anger will show
I’ll be pissed and you’ll know
But for now I’ll just go-o-oh!
And keep it to myself!

Chorus: 3
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to myself!
Keeping it to my self-elf-el-elf!

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #22

Today I decided to cover the amazing P!nk and got lost in all the harmonies and extra vocals (there were more in this song than I had originally thought) but I thoroughly enjoyed being in the world of music today and that I don't take lightly. I didn't once come out to check on the news and even though I felt guilty about that fact, it was blissful without that terrible chatter cluttering up my soul. Please enjoy my scratch track cover of P!nk's "Please Don't Leave Me." I guess I'll check in with the world. I hope I'm not disappointed. Or horrified.

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #21

Well, here we all are in 2021. I'm sure many may agree that the "now times" are pretty disappointing. I have hope for 2021 don't get me wrong(!) I'm just saying that as the human race we're capable of so many awesome things and yet here we all are collectively experiencing a whole lot of downsides instead.

So what I like to do when I've visited the news in the morning and am completely leveled by it is spend the rest of the day visiting the times when and where humans were doing cool things. The 1970's and 1980's have been popular destinations for me lately of course because I was a kid (= fun) but more than that, the world was a much happier place then; a vibrantly colorful and musical time to grow up. It really was. Back then my parents played lots of music but they weren't into disco (aside from my mother's love for ABBA thankfully) and my dad hated The Bee Gees but somehow I discovered Xanadu. And in MY world it didn't get much better than an Andy Gibb lookalike and THE Olivia Newton-John singing and rollerskating inside a colorful orchestral inferno made possible by E.L.O. aka Electric Light Orchestra.

So for today's Carolaoke Song #21, I offer my rendition of one of the songs from that movie. Please enjoy my cover of Olivia Newton-John's "Magic". Here's to more "magic" for everyone in 2021.


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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #20

Today’s Carolaoke song offering is a Brenda Lee tune. My parents played a lot of Brenda Lee when I was growing up and I always loved singing along to her songs. I liked the challenge. And I liked her voice because it was “spunky serious”. And she was a little rocker chick. My parents always told me she was super young (12!) when she started recording which fascinated me since I was around that age. It all seemed quite exhilarating and I secretly wanted to be a part of all that. I was excited to learn that she's also only 4’9”! As a member of the 5'0" and shrinking club, that's pretty rad. At any rate, here’s my rendition of Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry”. It sure felt good to be able to sing at this volume today that's all I'm going to say about that.

I've also included Brenda Lee's original version of "I'm Sorry" for reference. Please enjoy!



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