Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lenten Sunday Night Music

   

                       
   
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That is actually me, thanks to the magic of Garage Band. I don't sound nearly that ethereal in real life. Or that multiple, either.

(and don't listen too carefully, or you'll hear that I can't count that well, and that I actually messed up the round -- really each new "group" should come in on the previous group's "tear," not "bound." Oh well. It is Lent.)
 

16 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow, lovely!

It would be so useful to have multiple personalities to go with the multiple voices when wrangling all those kids and the dog...is there a computer program for replicating that, too?

Sally Thomas said...

Well, like the Garage Band app, its function would be to generate a highly-enhanced multiple me, bearing only a coincidental resemblance to any multiple me in reality.

Holy smokes, I need to quit staying up late.

Mark Zellner said...

I stumble upon your blog and what a lovely surprise! That's some fabulous singing.

Sally Thomas said...

Thanks for stopping by, Mark.

And trust me, what's fabulous is the "ambient vocal" effect on Garage Band. Insta-talent.

Calah said...

Oh wow! I'm so jealous. I would love to be able to sing. Your voice is very, very lovely, Garage Band enhancements aside.

Pentimento said...

Sally, that is beautiful. We need to add singing to our autoharp choir now.

Sally Thomas said...

P, I would love to have singing lessons from you. Whenever you've written about your students and the things you've helped them overcome (like nervousness, which has always been my downfall -- I have a terrible phobia of singing in front of people, though singing in church is dissipating that somewhat), I think, wow . . . teach me!

Sally Thomas said...

I still need to get my autoharp, too. How's yours?

Sarah J. said...

Beautiful! The words are very powerful too.

This brings back happy memories of singing rounds with my sisters. One of my sisters was always good at getting her hands on little-known old songs and teaching them to us. This was one of them-- another beautiful round was "By the Waters of Babylon"-- I wonder if you know that one-- I'l try to find a link to it.

Sarah J. said...

Here it is on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBy3sdubbmQ&feature=related:

It looks like someone did the same thing you did with "When Jesus Wept." (Judging from all the youtube recordings, I guess I was wrong to think it was little-known.)

Can you tell us anything about the origins of "When Jesus Wept"?

Sally Thomas said...

Yes, it's a well-known piece. I actually got it out of the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal (full of excellent hymns on a very broad, by the way -- I wish we had anything like its equivalent in the Catholic Church).

I don't know that much about its origins, except that it's by the early-American composer William Billings, whom I love.

Sally Thomas said...

This little experiment did make me think that I ought to hunt down more early music to try to sing and record. I like "primitive" American music, as well as chant and simple polyphony -- that's the kind of music I can sing pretty well. Rounds, canons, things like Byrd's "Non Nobis Domine" . . . I know the alto part to that one and was thinking of teaching myself the other parts (playing around with octaves) to try to record, just for fun.

Our family likes to sing, too, though we don't yet have enough strong singers to do more than the simplest rounds. Big fun, though!

Victor said...

Very beautiful angel voices!

When we get to heaven, maybe we can do a duet with my twelve string guitar and we'll just ignore my son-in-law who says that I can't join his band unless I cut six of my strings off.

I'm glad I dropped by cause this post reminded me of how in the late sixties, I would sit in front of my tape recorder and with the sound on sound available to me, I had created many voices but yet it was just "ONE" voice if you get my drift?

I hear ya! So that's where and how all those split personalities of you got started! Right Victor? :)

God Bless Peace

Sally Thomas said...

Thank you, Victor. The whole thing was really kind of an exercise in vanity, but also an exercise in "how does this multiple-track thingy work?" Fun to do.

Mac said...

'And trust me, what's fabulous is the "ambient vocal" effect on Garage Band. Insta-talent.'

You underestimate yourself. I know from personal experience that no amount of reverb etc. will make a fundamentally terrible voice sound good. This would still be beautiful without the reverb.

Sally Thomas said...

Thanks, Mac. It was fun to do, anyway.