Music on an audiobook?

 

I just finished an audiobook called Broken Heart Healing Guide by Jeffrey Jeschke.  When he picked me to narrate his book he also mentioned that his narrators are welcome to add music to their narration.  What a great opportunity!  I was excited at the being able to be two different artists on this project:  a VO artist and a music composer.  I have been so busy lately so it was nice to have a project that required me to sit down and put some music together - well actually, he didn't require me to do it, but he allowed me.

When I composed these very short pieces of music I knew I had to make sure they were simple - nothing too fancy that would take the audiobook listener's attention away from the narration.  But I also wanted the pieces to sound pretty and enhance what was being said.  So I sat at my keyboard and hammered a few keys and came up with these little sounds.  Luckily Jeffrey liked them!  This was project I really enjoyed working on :)  The audiobook is now going through QA at ACX.com before it heads to retail on Amazon.com, Audible.com, and iTunes.

Here are the short little pieces in their unedited versions.  I had to cut and splice them a little bit to fit in the different sections of the audiobook. 

Broken_Heart_Healing_Guide_-Music_1.mp3

Broken_Heart_Healing_Guide_-Music_2.mp3

Broken_Heart_Healing_Guide_-Music_3.mp3

Broken_Heart_Healing_Guide_-Music_4.mp3

Broken_Heart_Healing_Guide_-Music_5.mp3

 

Taking a music break

 

 

Love and Music

 

 

Ennio Morricone - Oscar winner

 

I just wanted to say how amazing it is to know that Ennio Morricone is still making award-winning music while in his 80's.  Although he as composed music for countless movies over his 60-year career, he finally one his first Oscar at the age of 87 years old for his work in "The Hateful Eight."  My favorite of his work is the music he did in the movie "The Mission."  Congratulations to Mr. Morricone!  He is an inspiration and proves that you can do what you love to do no matter how old you are

 

Addicted to a capella

 

I just wanted to share with you my addiction for the acapella app.  It has been my outlet for singing. My kids and I love Pentatonix - we even "assign" ourselves different parts so we can sing them together as our own little group.  Their voices are usually higher than mine so they usually get Mitch or Kirstie's parts.  Although I prefer to sing Mitch, I usually get Scott's parts since my voice can go fairly low, but not as low as Avi ;) 

Anyway after years of singing with church choirs I have come to understand how harmonizing works.  I know that I'm a pretty solid alto but I try to sing some soprano as long as it's not too high.  You won't hear Mariah Carey or Ariana Grande high notes from me!  I've always wanted to try harmonizing with myself, but now this acapella app makes it pretty easy to do.  I try my best sing on my own without earphones.  I kinda feel like using earphones is cheating but who am I to judge ;)  I know I'm not always on key myself.  And just like everyone else using the app, I just love to sing!

Here are my latest creations

 

Getting the creative juices flowing again

 

The last 5-6 months have been quite a whirlwind!  I've been wanting to sit down and write something but really I haven't had much to write about - musically or voiceover-wise.  First of all, it usually takes me forever to figure out what to type out.  I'm one of those people who can hours to hammer out a paragraph or two for an email.  Sometimes I type something, then save it to draft, then return to it later and hopefully finish the email.  Then I read it and re-read it, and then read it again.  I just want to make sure I'm communicating precisely what I intend to communicate.  I guess I sound a little OCD when it comes to writing/communicating . . . too bad I don't have that same OCD urge with my housekeeping - haha ;) 

Anyway here I am . . . I was pretty sad about leaving New Orleans.  What a wonderful opportunity and adventure it was to live there for a couple of years.  The food, the music, the people, the friends . . .  I admit that I was dragging my feet to move there from DC two years ago, but I'm glad that we did it!  Although I didn't find much time to write new music, I was still able to work with musicians and help encourage kids to learn and enjoy music.  Whenever we move I try to look for a church choir to sing with and I had a wonderful time singing with Debbie and the OLPH choir in Belle Chasse. It was great working with Trae at Belle Chasse Academy - marching with the band in the Mardi Gras parades and working with Eagles Reign.  I love seeing kids truly enjoy playing and performing music. And although we didn't get to perform as much as I had hoped to, I had fun singing with Tom, my piano man.  We only performed on stage twice but both times were a blast!  I was a little hesitant at first about even approaching him to see if would mind if I say with him, but I figured "I ain't gettin' any younger" so I had to step out of my comfort zone - and I'm so glad I did!  I also learned so much from my friend Karen and my coach/mentor Stephen about the world of voiceover.  I've decided that music will be my creative outlet while I'm hoping that voiceover will be my new career.  I'm excited about it and I'm trying to learn what I can to get started in this new career path I've chosen. 

So we're pretty much settled in our new home in Florida.  As usual it can take me around 9 months to a year to figure out where I fit in in whatever new area we move to.  In the meantime I'm easing back into creating new music.  I love taking pictures of almost everywhere I go (and almost everything I eat), so I finally had this idea to make little - and I mean tiny (only 17/18 seconds long) - videos of scenery and compose some music to go in the background. 

The first one I did was this one of a late afternoon/early evening time that the girls and I went to the beach.  It was a beautiful time of day with the sun getting ready to set.  I posted it on my Instagram, but you can see it here

So I'm slowly getting my creative juices flowing again . . .

 

Unfinished songs

 

Every once in a while I run into an article that strikes a cord or nudges me a little bit to remind me to stay focused.  This one is a good reminder to consider finishing songs or pieces I've already started.  Like many musicians or songwriters I have a couple of songs or song ideas that I had been kicking around for a while - in fact, I had actually completed one song last fall and started on a couple of new ideas after the new year but then got busy with other projects.  I had been volunteering in the band and music program at my daughter's school which led me to doing the KiddNation video contest and working with the talented kids of Eagles' Reign at Belle Chasse Academy.  I was also working on my voiceover training and demo.  Then we moved this summer to Florida - I'm still a little sad about leaving NOLA but I'm slowly recovering, and I'm glad I still have friends and other ties over there.  But the one good thing about being in a new place is that once the dust has settled and boxes are pretty much emptied out, I can begin to refocus on finishing up the songs I had already started pounding out on my keyboard earlier this year.  So I think this article comes as a good reminder.  I think a lot of us have some unfinished projects out there . . . maybe it's time to break them out and start working on them again.  As mentioned in this article, you never know what may come out of it . . .

http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-tips/his-most-famous-song-he-almost-didnt-write-it-and-he-doesnt-know-what-its-about/

 

Singing has health benefits!

 

Since I was a little girl, I've always loved to sing.  I saw this article and it made me happy to know that singing actually has some health benefits.  And the best part is that it doesn't matter whether or not you can sing in tune - it's great for everyone!  To find out more read this article recently posted on the DIY Musician website

http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-tips/the-healing-power-of-your-voice-7-reasons-why-everyone-should-sing/?utm_content=buffer8a6c3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus&utm_campaign=general

 

 

My song on a website

 

You can find my song "Surrender" on Clarissa Mendez's website.  Clarissa is an acupuncturist in the Washington, D.C. area.  She uses it in her "Take Two For You" section, and "Surrender" is the perfect song to sit back, close your eyes, and relax to. Stop by her website and follow the directions . . . experience the healing of deep breathing and music.

http://divineillumination.us/author/guitargalgmail-com/

 

 

New video - ESCAPE

 

I've been wanting to make a video for my song "Escape" for the longest time.  I finally started on it this week and finished it the other night.  For the past month I've been busy spending time with family in Florida, hosting my visiting family from Indiana, and also looking for a new home in Florida.  Making this video was kind of an "escape" for me from everything that's been going on lately. 

If you've seen my Instagram and my other videos you probably figured out that I love taking pictures and videos wherever I go.  This video is pretty much a compilation of videos I took of Florida, Rhode Island, Indiana, NYC, West Virginia and one brief clip of New Orleans.  Anyway I hope you like it and I hope you like the music too :)