Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #47

This is a song I’d “scream sing” all the way down from Madison to Milwaukee for Sweet Jelly practices on Tuesday nights once upon a time long long long ago. All day I had been in a cube at a toy company making Flash animations for the children and I tried hard to keep a lid on my growing excitement for rocking out later but I didn’t do a very good job. I know I made a spectacle of myself. It really did feel weird being in a band while I worked at a button-upped corporation. It always felt like I was doing something wrong UNTIL I read that Elvis Costello was also in a complete non-rock quiet computer job and wrote songs while he worked there. Then I started to feel a lot better about my weird affliction for wanting to be in a band.

Carolaoke Song #47 - Sinéad O'Connor - "No Man's Woman"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #46

Discoveries made today are that Gwen Stefani’s singing is to what Eddie Van Halen is to guitar playing. “Shredding” comes to mind. I’ve been keeping an eye on Gwen through the internet since she started up her Vegas shows again (SQUEE!!!). SHE IS SO DYNAMIC ON STAGE! And that voice. Jesus Christ Almighty her voice is a crazy work of art. I let out a lot of angst today deciding to sing this. It’s always in the back in my mind that “I’m making too much noise” with my volume and I think that holds me back from progressing. I’ve been working on that in particular lately along with “why do I have any right to attempt this song” narrative. I’m just being totally honest here. Since there are officially no more rules thanks to 2020, well, this has been making things a lot easier in my head, heart and voice. Keeping that in mind. Please enjoy my cover of Gwen Stefani’s “Don’t Speak” and thank you for stopping by today!

Carolaoke Song #46 - No Doubt - "Don't Speak"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #45

I went the fun route for today's tune because I still remember fun and I still like having fun AND I had so much fun singing this today(!) I really did. This is a song that has all the words about all the things that I agree with 100%. An anthem for the not so perfect delivered in the snarkiest way possible. Please enjoy my "quick track" of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" and I hope the world has been treating you well. Peace out.

Carolaoke Song #45 - Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #44

Today’s song is straight out of the Sweet Jelly covers vault. This song was SO MUCH FUN TO DO LIVE! Lots of great band memories attached to this tune! A lot of times, at most of our “venues” we’d play at, I couldn’t hear myself in the monitor no matter how many times I said I couldn’t hear myself. I know it’s always a hardy-har-har when the singer asks for more “me” in the monitor, but a lot of times I was flying blind (deaf) and couldn’t hear myself at all, always hoping I’d catch what I was singing bouncing off the back wall that was facing the stage. In-between people talking, yelling, smoking and carrying on like they do in bars. I mean venues. Once in a while we’d run across a sound guy that was mildly interested in us and really worked his ass off to make us sound good, but that was definitely not the norm. Summerfest! I could hear myself at Summerfest! And it was glorious. So was the private van they provided us to get all our gear to the GIGANTIC STAGE we were on. I think that experience spoiled us all.

Recording is a whole different ballgame than playing live of course, but I’ve really been enjoying hearing what my vocals sound like, deleting what’s awful, but learning from awful vocals and trying to fine tune future vocals to not sound shitty. It’s certainly humbling. Please enjoy my cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”. It was beyond therapeutic to sing this today.

Carolaoke Song #44 - Blondie - "Heart of Glass"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #43

I’m visiting some Patsy Cline today for Carolaoke Song #43. After last week’s ‘too big of a bite’ that I tore off with "Tears Of A Clown", I needed to just sing instead of concentrating on everything BUT singing. Sometimes being a one gal karaoke show gets complicated managing the hopes and expectations of what you’d like to do verses what can actually be done with what god gave you and the materials at hand. Today, I really just needed to sing and not worry about a broadway production, so this recording is more of a straight ahead live affair. Please enjoy my version of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”. It felt really good to sing today and that’s my takeaway.

Carolaoke Song #43 - Patsy Cline - "Crazy"

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