This week, I'm pleased to welcome my pal, Jen Harris, back into the studio. We've performed this song a couple of times, and I wanted to get Jen back here to share it with you. Such a fun rendition of a classic 40's song.
Actually, the story behind this song is some kind of wonderful. Department store giant, Montgomery Ward, commissions a children's story book as a work for hire. Rudolph is born. Then, the author's brother-in-law decides to write a song about the character. It was more than 20 years later that Rudolph became the animated television classic we all know and love. The song became the first #1 hit of the 1950's, and is second only to Bing Crosby's White Christmas in holiday record sales through the years.
It just goes to show you that even when you think you're done with a project, it can take on a life all its own.
This week in rehearsal, the most enjoyable song, by far was this one. No, this is not the Selena Gomez version with the new lyrics. Ahem. The original song was written by Mel Levin around 1961 for the animated Disney film 101 Dalmatians. This is a bluesy big band arrangement written by Dr. John in […]
In the long journey of recording 300 songs, I do a lot of it alone. That's fine, but sometimes I like to do multi-part harmony, and that's not something that comes across very well in my rehearsal videos. It's so much more "awesomer" when you can ask for help. I'm very lucky to be part […]