We are working on a new plan because Deborah really wants your feedback – Stay tuned… (Bea – Wed. 2/13, 6:50am)
Update: This plan is not working …
…despite all the incredible help I was offered by listeners, Soundcloud makes it so confusing and time-consuming to set the privacy setting on the files (despite how ‘simple’ they say it is) that I couldn’t get this to work once I uploaded the second set of audio files. Suddenly everyone got shut out of the files.
Thank you to everyone who offered help and gave feedback on the first set! If I get it figured out I’ll reopen this project – I LOVED the feedback I got on the first set – it was exactly what I needed! (DHC 4:58 PM)
Today I’m recording my Jazz Valentine (see this blog for the history of this Valentine). This is me right now:
I NEED YOUR HELP
I need listeners to help me choose tracks for my Jazz Valentine. I’ll be posting 2-3 versions on a private Soundcloud link as I record them.
HERE’S THE PLAN:
As I get through each song, today I’ll upload 2 or 3 versions and post the links below. If you’re on the private-listening-list and only if you’re on the list – you’ll be able to access the files and hear them on line.
Tonight at 5pm I’ll make my choices, with your help, and they’ll be mixed for the Jazz Valentine album.
WHAT I NEED FROM YOU:
I need to know which version of each song do you prefer musically – meaning, which one you would prefer sit back and listen to, not for technical reasons (Jonathan will make those decisions tonight when he mixes them) – but which one moves you most emotionally? Which version makes you dream, or want to dance, or want to sing along or just lay back and listen?
POST YOUR COMMENTS wherever it’s easiest for you of these 3:
- In the comment section on this blog (below)
- On my Facebook “Official” page
- On Twitter: “At” me using @HipHarpist and I’ll find your comments (you can also follow me at http://twitter.com/HipHarpist)
HOW TO GET ON THE PRIVATE-LISTENING LIST:
If you’re open to helping, then send me your email address and I’ll add it to the private-listening-audience list I’ll check in every hour or so, as I finish a set of tracks – so it may take me a little while to add you.
HERE’S WHERE THE TRACKS & INFO LIVE:
THE TRACKS are here:
Remember, you’ll only be able to access them if you’re on the list (see above on how to get on) and it might take me an hour or so to get you on the list (because I’m just adding folks each time I add tracks – and it takes me an hour or so to record each set).
TRACK SHEETS are here:
If you want to download the track sheet for the tunes, click here for the Track Sheet pdf.
I’ll update the track sheet to include more tunes as I add more tunes – so if you’re listening throughout the day, you’ll have to re-download the PDF to get info on the new tunes I’ve recorded.
The track sheet just outlines my own notes on the tunes and the arrangement.
TECHNICAL INFO about the tracks:
These are raw files I just recorded. They’re not mixed – there’s no effects (reverb-etc) on them yet, and we haven’t cropped endings or beginnings. They were recorded from direct outputs on the harp: one track of Mid/Treble and one track of Bass so that tonight, when Jonathan mixes them, he’ll be able to have a little more control over the sound than if they were just recorded on one track. But right now they’re mono files with both tracks roughly mixed together.
WHY THIS HAS TO BE PRIVATE:
All these songs require licensing; until we choose the specific tracks we can’t license them – and until we license them, the process has to be private and non-downloadable (see how to get on the list below).
As Time Goes By
First off…really difficult to choose just one version! Arggg! I’m torn between 1 and 3 – these being the two more romantic sounding versions. Number 3 has really grown on me after a few listens, but when 1 ends it really leaves me with the warm and fuzzies. Track 2 is also very nice, but perhaps the tempo changes make me feel a little less loved up…so to speak.
I’ll say version 1 as the ending is just magical, those last few notes leave such a lasting impression of pure loveliness.
Thank you! These are exactly the kinds of comments that I need! It’s like getting to be inside your head and experiencing the song through you. Thank you!!! Will continue to post more as I finish them!
I’ve not yet started on the harp, so can only comment on the musicality (is that a word, or have I been watching too much Glee?) of what I heard and didn’t hear a single “wrong” note or anything out of tune!
I prefer version 2 of As Time Goes By, the 3rd, 5th, 7th and last bits of the snippets and the first version of Sous Chef. Go as yourself!
Love your stuff – want to learn to play like you (though not jazz, 🙁 not really a fan…!)