Game of Thrones Theme cover

After hearing the fascinating podcast Song Exploder, where a song is deconstructed and examined into its separate parts, I stumbled upon an episode featuring composer Ramin Djawadi and a breakdown of the Game of Thrones theme music.  Hearing and learning the individual parts prompted me to arrange my own cover version, similar to the original in its groove, but with electric guitar and synth strings as points of departure.  I also ended up discovering several other great versions of the theme on Soundcloud, my favourites including industrial, prog rock, and smooth jazz versions.

Check out my version here:

Because (Beatles cover)

Abbey Road is one of my all-time favourite albums, and certainly my favourite Beatles album. I had this cover version of Because on the back-burner for several years, and finally found a singer capable of handling the complex harmonies. My friend Kira Braun didn’t know the song, but given a few listens, she was able to nail the 3 vocal parts with ease and great skill.

The vocal harmony is comprised of three parts. In the original Beatles recording, John, Paul, and George triple-tracked low, middle, and high register lines. John Lennon’s middle register was mixed in front – that it, it was the loudest melodic line. For my recording, it sounded better to me when the high register was prominent. This is perhaps, the conventional sonic choice when mixing harmonies.

Thanks Kira for the stellar job!

The Weekend to End Women’s Cancer Recital

I was asked by my friend Kira Braun to record and photograph her “Weekend to End Women’s Cancer” fundraising recital. Kira performed with several of her friends and her teacher on some classical and contemporary tunes. It was a fantastic show, and the talent on stage absolutely top-notch.

My wonderful partner Hema was volun-told 🙂 to handle video while I took photos and recorded the audio on my Zoom recorder, which resulted in better audio quality than the camcorder. I then synced the audio and video and uploaded 13 videos to youTube.

The final performance was the highlight for me, and certainly they saved the most fun song for last!