In The Music Studio (Last day!)

Stepping behind the mic is one of the best feelings. Putting the headphones on and hearing the sound of your voice resonate back in your ears. I still get butterflies in my stomach. 

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The music plays clearly in my ears along with the ticking of the metronome. I hold the pad of paper that the lyrics are written on in front of me and take a breath. My heart beats a little faster with excitement and a little bit of nervousness. 

Joel sits in the other room with a window between us with a mic so he can talk to me and give me direction. I "thumbs up" through the window when I like a take. Most of the time he's cracking jokes right before I start singing. (thanks, Joel!)

Too soon we had all of the vocals done and the song was completed. All that's left to do is mix it down and make it into mp3 format so that you all can hear it!

I will be "releasing" (that word just so sounds so professional!) it in the next couple of days on my YouTube music channel so keep checking there for it!

For now, 
Jennifer

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In The Music Studio: Day 2

It's an exciting process to see a song begin to take shape. Slowly layer upon layer of instruments are added and the richness and fullness of a song slowly builds. 

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As much as I'd like to pretend I understand all the technical aspects of what goes into making a song, I humbly admit I don't. Joel will fiddle with the timing of each note after every instrument is recorded and I sit there with a very puzzled expression in my face. I lean in closer to the screen and ask, "What're you doing?" He has a lot of patience to put up with all my questions. ;)

On day 2 of recording we got through recording the intro, first verse and chorus. It's time consuming because of the changes and decisions that must be made. Sometimes lyrics have to be revised. Key changes considered to fit the range of my voice, and whole sections deleted because we want the song to communicate a specific message through the instruments used.

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While Joel relies on Rockstar energy drinks to give him some extra energy, I rely on the creamy goodness of a homemade vanilla latte. 

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I desperately want to rush the recording process. I'm not the most patient person in the world and sometimes I'm tempted to do things haphazardly rather than to go slow and do them right. Recording teaches me patience. ;)

Joel and I getting ready to record!

Joel and I getting ready to record!

Check back soon for day 3!

For now,
Jennifer

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In The Music Studio: Day 1

After a 5 year absence of writing my own music, I'm back in the studio! My brother, Joel (who is a a very gifted musician) has his own studio and I am so blessed to be able to recruit his help to write music and record. 

As I mentioned in my last post, "My Everything For His Glory", I told how the Lord has really been working in my heart in a big way including regarding my music. I wrote the song I am currently in the midst of recording describing what the Lord has done in my heart and what my new goal is for my music. Other than that, I'm not giving anything away about the song! ;)

 

Joel beginning to "think out" the melody on the keyboard! 

Joel beginning to "think out" the melody on the keyboard! 

Eleven years ago Joel was composing music on a keyboard set up in his room.

Eleven years ago Joel was composing music on a keyboard set up in his room.

Joel has been playing music since I can remember. He started out on a midi keyboard in his room and started composing all kinds of orchestral pieces. He took piano lessons for 4 years but he has a style all his own which I am constantly amazed by. 




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Laying down the first tracks. 

Laying down the first tracks. 

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I was looking forward to comparing these two pictures! This is Joel's first studio setup 7 years ago. This is during the recording session of my first song at 13 years old. 

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So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

This recording process is more than just recording a song for me. It's the beginning of giving my passion for music over to Him and using it for His glory. 

Check back very soon for the next post about day 2 of recording!

For now, 
Jennifer

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