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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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #42

Today's (tonight's) song offering was deceivingly difficult. It certainly put me through my vocal paces today, but that's good! I need the challenge! It's certainly not a masterpiece but at least I finished the whole song because there were several times I wanted to give up. But I didn't! That's also something. Recently, I've been in a "throwing things I make away" mood again but I've been fighting that with all my might. It's probably Mercury in Retrograde and yes that's a thing. A very real thing. Please enjoy my version of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles', "Tears of a Clown". I love how the music for this song sounds like a circus. With a symphony attached.

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #41

I used a different pair of headphones to record with today. Professional mixing headphones from AKG and it was a a bit of a struggle trying to "record" with these. They're too big for my head and the audio plays below my earholes so everything is off and annoying. The pair of headphones I usually use to record with are PortaPro Koss headphones which sadly finally lost their life today probably due to too many "mishaps" catching on kitchen cabinet handles and doorknobs in the past. I will be ordering a new pair hopefully in time for next week's Carolaoke because that's the low budget way I record vocals. I was really surprised how a different pair of headphones really affect how I sing the song but now I know. And that's what my music experiments are about. Please enjoy my Carolaoke scratch track of The Eurythmics' "I Saved The World Today". Despite my headphone woes, I really enjoyed being able to sing again after my little music intermission this past summer.

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