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Friday, November 26, 2010

The Death of a Disco Dancer

Happy Birthday Joey Flispart, AKA @changingmyplea

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Joey Filspart has been one of my faithful supporters and he has been looking forward to this song for a while. AND today just happens to be his birthday so, Joey, this one is for you.

I worked on this one forever. There are so many layers of drums and it took a while to get just the right drum sounds I was looking for because, as you know, I'm not a beat boxer. Never in my life did I think that I would attempt beatboxing, let alone let anyone hear it! It just goes to show how little I know. There are so many fun elements in the original song and I wanted to represent them as faithfully as I could, such as Morrissey's plinky piano solo, and the siren and snare drum rhythm at the end. Every song teaches me something new I can do with my voice and electronic manipulation techniques- this song taught me a lot.

I hope you like it, Joey!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I Started Something That I Couldn't Finish

9 songs to go.

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Throughout this year, I have often wondered if I have started something that I couldn't finish. I have had the entire list of songs taped to the wall and I mark my progress with a yellow highlighter. If I got discouraged, I would look at the list and see just how much I had already accomplished. One day my boyfriend asked me how far I was getting in the music and I started babbling about how I still have such a long way to go, I'm stressing out, I don't know if I can do it, etc... And then I looked at my list and yelled proudly, "BUT LOOK AT ALL THAT YELLOW!!!" like an official crazy person. Well, my list is almost all yellow now and the highlighter is just about out of ink. Nine songs to go.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours

Strangeways, Here We Are!

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This one is dedicated to the one and only Johnny Marr and Morrissey, for whom my life would be so amazingly different without. If you are reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing the best music for me to spend my life (and now this entire year) singing. I would write a long flowery speech about it... but I'm hoping my voice can say what I find impossible to boil down to a mere paragraph. Point is, music is a very powerful thing- and your music has changed my life.

The Kings

This is on the wall above my microphone. It's an actual playing card my boyfriend found online and I sorta took it. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Money Changes Everything

Moving on to the last album!

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And here we are, headed right to Strangeways. I have made it to the last album and am working as fast as humanly possible to get the whole album done before December 31, 2010- a date that feels like it's just around the corner! With holidays, sick days, changes in schedules, etc. this whole *being laid off* thing just hasn't given me all sorts of extra time like I thought it would. I just keep thinking, "5 weeks to go." I pretty much can't think beyond that point anymore because I really, seriously, have no idea what happens after that. I take a nap? Buy myself a beer? Faint?

On that note...

*runs back to her microphone*

Friday, November 12, 2010

Asleep

for @StephenPKelly

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This song is for Stephen Kelly who I have had the pleasure of getting to know because of this project. He is a witty dude with black-rimmed glasses and a heart of gold. What started out as "friending" an online stranger has turned into a real friendship- one of the beautiful things about the internet. A long time ago, he mentioned that he couldn't wait for Asleep, one of his all time favorite songs, so I flagged it for him on my list of song dedications. A few months ago he approached me about including a bit about The Smiths Project in his article on musical tributes in the digital age. One interview turned into another, and before you know it, the article became a Smiths Project article and it was published in The Guardian UK last month. This article was a real game-changer for me, for which I am eternally grateful. So Stephen with a "ph", I know you've waited forever, but this one is for you.

A lovely photo of Stephen, Journalist for the NME, Guardian and beyond. Add him on Twitter: @StephenPKelly

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Unloveable

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I grew up in a very religious household where nothing *on earth* is important compared to getting to heaven and you're only noticed at all if you are living the life that everyone around you wants you to lead. I was only really accepted for things my parents (the minister and the church organist) could understand. For everything else, my parents tried, they really did, but they couldn't fathom how music could be more dear to my heart than religion. I was trained to make others happy. I spent my whole life attempting to conform and striving to be accepted as a valid human being. There was always a nagging feeling the real reason I had such a hard time being accepted was because at my core, I was unloveable. This was my song.

Then I was diagnosed with a muscle disease at 14 years of age. It is such an alienating feeling to be trapped in the body of a 80 year old woman while still looking like a normal teenager. It was impossible for me to be loved in the way that I needed. People had no idea what I was going through. I sat in my room, almost completely immobile and listened to music while painting and drawing for a couple years. I played the piano and sang when nobody was home. I hid way down somewhere inside myself and dreamed of having the physical strength to run, of escaping my small town, and mostly of being a singer. This was my song.

Up until this year, I've been terrified of putting myself out there as a singer. I have put up a few songs on the internet over the years but the idea of being unloved, not being accepted, not being understood has been paralyzing. Up until this year, my friends knew I was "a singer" but almost nobody had ever actually heard me sing. My family never heard my true singing voice around the house. I buried my dreams and was permanently miserable.

Doing this project is changing my life. This song no longer defines me. I will always love this song for standing by me but now I'm ready to sing my life!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

LA Weekly Article

There's a blog article about me in the LA Weekly and I'm dieing of laughter over the picture they used:

http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2010/10/smiths_project_a_capella_covers.php

Friday, November 5, 2010

Stretch Out and Wait

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This is the song I always want to sing to my cat when she's sleeping. She's got this whole stretch out and wait thing down. A true master.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This morning's interview on Newstalk Radio in Ireland

I'm about 20 minutes into Part 2.

Oscillate Wildly

My second "vocal-mental" track!

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This song has been my boyfriend's ringtone for at least the 6 years that we've been together, so I'm dedicating it to him! XOXO