The beginning of the Smiths Project was a bit bumpy. Since I thought of it as a personal project that nobody would care about, I had planned on doing a single voice track of each song and post them throughout the year. It was just meant as a way of having me return to the music studio throughout the year and get back into doing something, *anything* with music. I had never envisioned the complicated layered vocal versions that ended up being the project. But after the third single-voice track was posted, someone mentioned it on morrissey-solo.com and suddenly, people were listening and they weren't impressed. Fair enough. I decided, if people were interested, I might as well make the songs more interesting considering I knew I had it in me. I deleted the first few posts and began working on layered versions.
Ever since HS, I had always layered my vocal tracks on my songs but once I went to college, I really got into the idea of layered harmonies, thanks to David Xiques's super early morning ear training exercises using the teachings of Zoltan Kodaly. (Lets just take a minute to bask in the glow of Zoltan. I mean, even his name... wow.) So! I started recording myself singing all parts of these musical exercises. Here is my favorite one.