New Video in One Take.. Nothing fancy…we did 8 takes, some in half speed some in slow motion some in normal speed.. and I was gonna spend a couple of days picking
all the best bits and I came to take 5 and went…yes! it is practically perfect in every way…Had just the right amount of stillness and emotional quality the song needed
One take is a magical thing in film or in music and so much of our lives we don’t do much in one take, we correct , we edit , we ‘grammerly’ ( when the frog did that become a verb..I don’t by the way!).
There are certain bands that used to swear if you don’t get the recording on the first take the magic has gone… I made an album in 2003 where did every vocal in one take because I wanted to have that performance quality to it..Lots of people would not notice the difference. It may be very subtle and just arsey rather than arty… Maybe you agree….In love with this video today like a new born baby….
But somewhere in the mists of Autumn this video reminds me of the September sunsets where the whiff of summer was still in the air. We listen to the track a lot and still love it and think it may beat Robbie William’s Angels to good songs for playing at funerals…
I want you to try it. Write a song, record it, film the video, edit it and put it on youtube in 24 hours! Follow my example..It might be fun….The rules are
1. You can also only buy essentials such as tin foil, sellotape and string,
2. Everyone who is involved in the ‘behind the scenes’ has to take part musically and be seen in the video.
Here is our finished article..I have to admit that the song is based on my ‘warm up of the week’..which I had already made up. But even so….it was not a song before. Someone asked me ‘why’ and my reply would be ‘why not?’. It is quite fun when being ‘creative’ ( if that what you call it) to put some rules and boundaries on yourself. I think the finished product is quite lovely, especially the rocket and the wigs.)
At the moment I don’t get many opportunities to play with a whole band and monitors and sound crews and guitar roadies ( ha ha) and all that stuff. Always of acoustic and acapella mind….. so it’s great when it happens. At the Guildhall Rock and Jazz Summer School where I was tutoring I got the chance to play with some of my favourite mates and this is one of the numbers we sung this year, about a week ago. Please excuse shaky, dotty video, there was sadly no lighting crewe and all video camera holders seemed to be off duty ……… x
Song of the Day -Wedding Song -Written by Anais Mitchell performed by Donna Canale, David Gale, Geoff Nicholls, Gitika Partington and Richard Sadler