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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Keep Mine Hidden

for @ThomasLennon

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This is the very last original song The Smiths wrote and recorded together. I've always thought it to be too simplistic... like it wasn't really done. If they had continued to work together or had been in a better state of mine at the time, I think the song may have turned out different. At least, more developed. I decided it was my goal to make this song as polished as the rest of their songs and maybe give it a little bit more of the justice it deserved.

BUT I HAD TO KEEP THE WHISTLE.

The only problem is that I can't whistle. I know, I know. I should just sit down and learn how to do it. But, this was a good opportunity to ask someone who DOES know how to whistle, the very person who found me and first let the world know about me. The fabulous, the funny, the wonderful Thomas Lennon. Besides, it's fitting to end the project with the same person who helped start it to begin with.

A few months ago, I asked Tom if he would be my stunt whistler and he responded, "Of course!" literally seconds later. Then he did a dry run over the phone and and I said, "yeah, like da ta da do ta do" (since I can't whistle!) and he whistled back, "Like this?" I said, "Yeah! do ta doo doooooo" and he whistled it back again to verify. After I got off the phone with him, I realized that was probably the best phone dialogue ever. In all the history of mankind.

Thank you, Tom!!! You really helped make this a year I will never forget.


Thomas Lennon and Janice Whaley, recording a jam session in May 2010.

3 comments:

  1. "Like in the past when to be touched meant to be....what?"

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  2. Hey WELL DONE Janice!
    Amazing! Inspiring! *throws bouquets of gladioli*.
    You have kept me company without knowing it over a bad year.
    Lets hope 2011 is good, for you on so many levels...
    Massive respect to you for what you have done :)
    xxx from Dublin

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