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Piano Instrumental

Inspired by our recent vacation in Mazatlan, Mexico, I recorded an impromptu piano piece to the sound of the ocean. I thought it would be fun to put a slideshow together of some of the sunset photos we took and use the recording as a soundtrack. It inspired me to consider modifying my current “15-second pitch” to include the phrase “Like a soundtrack for sunsets.” which I think captures the essence of my music quite well. So, in that spirit, please enjoy the following video.

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I Still Want You to Know About My New CD

The title of this blog post says it all. My latest CD “Passage” is available from a variety of outlets–links below. Here is a video of the first few minutes of my cover of “Whom Have I But You?” by David Ruis. I have always loved this song and have performed it many times. Early on, I added my own hook to the “B” section which later became the basis for the “Distant Shore” theme on my CD. I also added an instrumental bridge.

I just love the way this recording turned out. What you’re missing from this edit is an additional three minutes of us jamming on the Em, D/F#, G progression that then transitions into the following piece. The jams at the end of a lot these songs is where a lot of  music magic takes place.

Playing on this song are: Scott A. Burnett/acoustic guitar, Brian Thiessen/electric guitar, Darcy White/bass, Calum Rees/drums, Erika Kobewka/violin. I played the Yamaha C7 grand piano up in Vancouver, and then re-recorded the piano for the first part of the song here at Avondale, playing my Fandrich & Sons piano. I did all of the pre-production sequencing using Ableton Live and then brought it into ProTools along with the session tracks for post-production. Erika recorded her violin from her home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tom Hall mixed it.

“Passage” can be found at any of the following links:

  • My Website kellycarpentermusic.com – both physical CD and downloads
  • CDBaby – both physical CD and downloads
  • iTunes – downloads
  • Amazon – both available, although they want a lot for a physical CD
I was browsing around Amazon looking at what they have for my stuff and I found it quite amusing about their various retail partners. I will have to do a blog post about it.

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A few bad musician jokes

A fellow recording artist recently had some time to kill in the studio while his new CD was getting mixed, so he starting sharing musician jokes on Facebook and got his friends to share theirs as well. So here are a few of them that I particularly enjoyed:

Q: What’s the definition of an optimist? 
A: An accordion player with a pager!

Q: What’s the difference between a banjo player and a pizza?
A: A pizza can feed a whole family!!!

Q: What’s the difference between a cello and a viola?
A: The cello burns longer.

Q: How do you keep your violin from being stolen? 
A: Put it in a viola case.

Q: How do you spot a trombonist’s kid on the playground? 
A: He can’t swing and he complains about the slide.

Q: What do you say to a electric guitar player in a 3-piece suit?
A: “Will the defendant please rise…”

Q: How do you get a drummer off your porch?
A: Pay him for the pizza

Q: Why do sax players hang out on the porch? 
A: They can’t find the key and don’t know where to come in.

It seems that no instrument is spared from the axe, except piano and violin. I wonder why. Personally, I believe it is because the piano in particular is the Lord’s instrument and people know better than to blaspheme. What do you think? Know any good pianist or violinist jokes?

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Passage Liner Notes

I have been fast and furious working on the CD package design for my upcoming CD “Passage”. Here are some of the liner notes… 

It all started with a dream… a dream that practically all studio musicians share… warming up for a session with some impromptu jamming while the studio engineers finish their setup… 15-30 minutes of the sheer joy of making raw music, getting in the zone, playing whatever we feel like… everything sounding terrific in the headphones… the thought would land: what if we could just go into the studio one day and record this?

It was summer of 2010… I was part of a house band at a conference in Canada enjoying many a good jam together while providing afterglow music for the end of each session…that’s when I knew: I should bring these chaps into the studio and just do this… this will be my new record… I already knew I wanted something different than my last instrumental album, mostly piano and acoustic guitar… so this is it: a full band jamming over some pre-arranged chord progressions… let’s see what happens…

We’ll record this in Canada… I wanted to record this with the “back line” of the Canada band: Brian, Calum and Darcy, along with my musical buddy over the years, Scott Burnett… Calum recommended the studio: Mushroom Studios in Vancouver, Canada… the Mushroom that is part of music legend…Heart recorded their first there…The Supremes, Led Zeppelin, Loverboy, BTO, Sarah McLachlan…

We’ll keep this simple… With date and location set, now it’s time to write some material… I figured I’d come up with several chord progressions… just keeping it loose enough for the band to be spontaneous… yet, as I was writing, something different began to take shape… distinct musical pieces started to emerge… I kept reminding myself: “keep it simple”… then the realization struck me: I was no longer in control… I’m not really writing this music, this music is writing me… and a story line is forming… something about a journey… what is happening?… something wonderful…

The story unfolds… The project becomes a story about a journey… the making of this album a journey unto itself, new ideas around every corner… oh, how I love the creative process!!…somehow, this evolved into a soundtrack of sorts… certain thematic elements, or “leitmotifs“, are introduced and then recur throughout… can you pick them out?… you will have to listen all the way through to find them… so what is this journey about?… you, the listener can provide the script…who are the main characters in your story?… where did they depart from?… where is the journey taking them?… or you?… be still… close your eyes… and let your imagination soar…

passage \’pas-ij\ n … the action or process of passing from one place or stage to another … a continuous movement or flow … a way of exit or entrance: a road, path, channel, or course by which something passes … something that takes place between two persons mutually … a brief portion of a written work or speech that is noteworthy … a detail of a work of art … a phrase or short section of a musical composition …

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Longing (Record Player Rain Mix)

Here’s a fun edition of a song from my upcoming record. It’s yours free to download when you sign up for my monthly newsletter. Close your eyes and imagine a rainy day wrapped in a blanket sipping hot cocoa and mournful piano on the record player… Feel free to share this with your friends.

When I set out to do this record, I never intended it to tell a story, yet that is what has evolved. This song called “Longing” arrives early in the record and precedes a song called “Waiting”. The story arc seems to be about a journey. The process of making this record seems to be a journey. It is still unfolding. What an adventure!

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