Making music

I have always loved music. I used to play around with a double cassette recorder adding different sounds and singing to mix my own music. I was never trained in music and I don’t play any instruments, but I have been able to learn enough to sing in our ward (church) choir and have even done some solos, although it terrifies me.

I liked singing when I was a child. I took band in Junior High but since I didn’t read music, they sent me to choir. I liked it and sang at Midvale Middle School. I think the teacher’s name was Mr. Vell.  I did a roadshow for our stake before my mission where I sang the “Banana Boat Song” by Harry Belafonte. I joined the American West Symphony and Chorus, a community choir, and we performed at the 4th of July celebration before the fireworks. I sang in the MTC choir. During my mission I sat next to a companion who sang bass and I asked him to teach me how to read the music and learned many bass parts in the hymnbook.  After my mission I’ve sang in the ward choir in pretty much every ward since and have learned more about music simply by showing up. My wife and all of my children are way more talented than I am. My daughter Julienne in particular has a passion for music and has been studying vocal performance at Utah State University. She has come home for the summer, so I am mixing my love of music with my love of technology and trying to learn a little about recording music.  I have done many videos for my company, but putting tracks of music down, editing, etc. is new to me. We are currently filming in our spare time trying to put together a music video. These will all be a bit rough with me doing all the behind the scenes stuff. But here is a song Julienne recently sang at church. I recorded the piano at a practice and we did the vocal part last night. I’m sure someone with more studio experience, and a lot better equipment, could make it sound better, but here it is. Have a listen:

 

What about a song from Jason you say?  Well, I won’t leave you wishing that I would sing, because here is one that will surely become famous. Yep. Good old Rubber Ducky, sang for Xavier.  He’s been singing it all around the house.  I’ll try to get him singing next time.

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