I was in a bar singing Pat Benetar
I got to be part of a choir of 60 hand picked voices to record "Lamb of God"; an oratorio depicting "the Passion", written by Rob Gardner, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. The caliber of the voices and the musicianship in that room was RIDICULOUS (and the coolest part to me was...probably close to 1/2 of them were actual good friends of mine, or people I've associated with)! It was really an honor to be a part of. And that church we recorded in......WOW! The acoustics were AMAZING!
Ok, the blond right on the end in the 2nd row....she was DUE today with her first baby. She was eleventy months pregnant and totally doing this recording. If you've been that pregnant, you know that breathing is NOT easy. She was having contractions through the whole recording, and yet she trooped on. Also, she was the Galinda understudy on Broadway for a long time(just a cool little tid bit of info for ya). Right next to her is my sis. in law Lana, and above them are my two sisters Dana and Jenny. What? You didn't know I have a ridiculously talented family? Well....I DO! Also singing was Jere, my bro. in law Adam and my bro. Porter.
That little twiglet of a guy conducting is Rob, the writer and creator of the work. His talents and abilities are somewhat ridiculous! I am always in awe of people that just have music in their heads. I am happy to sing what you've written, but honestly, I have NOTHING in my head that is creative.
The shots of me sitting were just so disturbing I couldn't include them. But heres we are singing away. You can see Jer right behind me, and next to him is Adam. It was quite an interesting experience having headsets on. Singing to a HUGE orchestra, and trying to hear your part around you as well. And earphones do NOTHING for my hair, I'll tell you that much. I looked a hot mess when all was said and done. BUT, 'tis the price I was willing to pay to be a part of this. My name will be on CD liner notes...HELLO! Cool!
So Saturday was the actual recording day. We got there around 9:30 and worked until 5:15. I will not lie, even if I had been in perfect health...it was one of the most exhausting things I have ever done. You stand and you sing these songs over, and over, and over, and OVER! We'd finish a take and Rob would say.."that is PERFECT, Except for ONE thing." And then, we'd do the whole thing over. Or we'd start, and suck and have to stop and do again. It is just A LOT of work to record anything. Especially if you want perfection, which is what Rob is looking for. As well he should, I mean, he paid BUTTLOADS of money to have the London Symphony, plus the recording of this, and then the mixing, making, marketing....all of it. But really, as we were doing take 1000 on something yesterday, and I was trying my darndest not to cough, all I could think was...."yep, I would NOT do well in movies or tv." I have no patience for having to redo the same thing over and over. I just like to do it and be done with it. Perhaps that is WHY I do theatre, no re-dos.
So, quick story. As I mentioned, I've got a "touch" of the sick. I have a cough, a ton of congestion and in general, just not so much. I was really worried about "ruining" this recording. And there were quite a few times that I just couldn't sing certain sections 'cause I needed to be unison and quiet and straight toned. Well, I had FAR too much crap on my chords to be able to do it. So anyway, we started this song, and about 2 seconds in I could feel this total crap storm in my throat. I needed to cough so bad. So, I literally just held my breath and covered my mouth and held it as tight as I could until the song ended (which for the record seemed like FOREVER). As soon as Rob motioned it was ok to make noise, I literally GASPED for air and started a coughing fit that lasted a good long time. Everyone laughed and Rob congratulated me for hanging on. It was AWFUL. But, at least I didn't ruin that take. Seriously....lame!
Anyway, moral of this story is....life is funny. One week you're rockin the "heartbreaker" and the next your singing praises to God, making a recording that will literally change lives. Sometimes I have to marvel at the uniqueness of my life. But mostly I'm just grateful for amazing people and good friends in my life that make things like this possible!
The CD will be available in September. I'll let you know as the time draws closer. In the meantime you can check out his website for any info. on his other work. http://www.spiremusic.org/
Choirs and coughs,