Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #53

Music Mondays going forward will be more of "works in progress" for a while. I know it has been super radio silent over here on carolkroll.com. I go missing like this from time to time to quietly and peacefully refuel my brain and my will. I’ve been learning more about making karaoke tracks; that has both really inspired me and totally frustrated me. One discovery I have made is that female vocals are impossible to erase. I won’t name which ones because that’ll spoil all of my future music surprises, but the female vocals are anchored in there. When I finally made a version that successfully edited out the original vocals, certain instruments dropped out during the process. Today I experimented with trying to replace those missing instruments with my keyboard. Here is a tiny sample of what the tune sounds like thus far. Again, progress not perfection. I sang a lot of songs today, I was ridiculously and obnoxiously loud and learned things that I didn’t know about before. Today was a good day.

Carolaoke Song #53 - Sheryl Crow - "Mississippi" (snippet)


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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #52

A couple of things. Back in December 2021, I said I’d be back in January 2022, I just didn’t say when. I like to keep everyone guessing. Even myself. Especially myself. That’s the best part.

Back in the beginning, when I started posting all of my wares, I made sure that I numbered my music and art posts so that I wouldn’t feel like I’m falling behind regarding “calendar” dates. That causes stress and guilt which also causes the very problems you were trying to help with creativity in the first place.

I have a small offering of what today brought. I had many false starts and struggles with a couple of different songs. It was super frustrating so I only made it this far for this Music Monday. But at least I showed up and made noise today. That’s the important part even though that seems absurd. But for me, that is the important part.

To be continued.

Carolaoke Song #52 - Annie Lennox - "Little Bird" (snippet)

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It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

December is one of my favorite times of the year and also one of the busiest so I won’t be posting any of my art or musical wares for the rest of the year. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great festive winter season however you may celebrate. Here’s to a promising 2022! Please keep well everyone.

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #51

I’ve been so far down the visual art rabbit hole lately that I forgot how to use words. Singing still seems to work. Please enjoy my Caroloake song #51 for today’s Music Monday and please keep well everyone.

Carolaoke Song #50 - No Doubt - "In My Head"

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Music Mondays: Carolaoke Song #50

I’ve been really getting into singers like Caro Emerald and Paloma Faith lately. The song I chose today is Paloma Faith’s “Upside Down”. This song is perfect in every way. The words, the music, the music video and most of all, her vocals (she's amazing!)

I’m especially fond of these lyrics:

“I don't care (care care)
I'm halfway there (nowhere)
On a road that leads me to straight to who knows where…”

For some reason it reminds me of the line in Almost Famous when Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) tells young William Miller (Patrick Fugit) “you’ll meet them all again on their long journey to the middle.”


Carolaoke Song #50 - Paloma Faith - "Upside Down"

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