Posts Tagged ‘music’

How we met… and almost won a free wedding

December 6, 2009

The winter before we were married, Alida and I almost won a free wedding. Her parents live within the listening range of St. Louis radio station Y98, and heard a commercial for the contest. All you had to do is get their attention with a letter or video. Obviously we went with the video, and quite possibly the greatest love story of all time:

We sent it in and they loved it. Out of hundreds of entries, we made the biggest impact on them. They wanted us to come to St. Louis to film a promo for their website, and an audio clip for a radio spot.  They said to be prepared to wow them again, because the finalists would be posted online, and the couple with the most votes would win the wedding package.

I’m a musician, so I proposed to Alida in a song. We rewrote the last verse, pleading to Y98 for the free wedding. We drove down to STL and performed it in the studio. I played piano, Alida played guitar, and we both sang. Again, they loved it.

Then we got the call, one I kind of expected.

As they were choosing the finalists, they noticed that we don’t live within their listening area. When your advertisers are giving away over $20,000 in prizes, they want to be sure they are awarding them to somebody who might come back and pay for something. With no choice, they had to disqualify us from the contest.

Needless to say, we were bummed out, but it was still pretty cool to see how much the people at the radio station liked it. We never got a copy of the promo that we shot, but soon I’ll be recording some music, and I’ll post the song that I wrote for Alida.

Once I get my recording studio set up here, this blog will be bombarded with music. Be prepared.

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Vacation! And organ music!

June 29, 2009

Today is the first day of my vacation, and I hope to do a ton of writing and editing. I have a lot to work on, and my goal on top of all of that is to have a new post every day.

My first vacation post is a short clip I recorded on Saturday. Alida and I, along with our friend and assistant Rob, shot a wedding in Monticello. While we were waiting for the ceremony to start the organist was playing some filler music. Being a piano player myself, I really enjoy the chance to film somebody’s hands on the keys, so I did just that.

Update: If you looked at this before 10pm Monday, the YouTube messed up the sound. Here is the re-uploaded version:

I look forward to the Decatur Celebration this year, because I always end up being able to film somebody famous tickling the ivories. In the past I’ve been lucky enough to film the Marshall Tucker Band, War, and Dennis DeYoung (the voice of Styx). Click the band names to check those videos out.

Get This Right: Part One

June 8, 2009

The Villers are a rock band from Chicago that I have lots of behind the scenes access to. Whether or not it’s because it’s a group of friends and my brother is not known. I don’t question the access, I just take advantage.

The Villers

The Villers

Here is a music video that I did for them recently. The song is called “Get This Right” and is one of my favorites. I recorded backup vocals on this song, as well as the “Ooohs”.  The live footage is a collection of them performing at O’Malley’s, the Elbow Room, and the Metro. The studio footage was shot by the my brother’s girlfriend.

Hopefully this summer I will be shooting a real music video for this song. I have storyboards started, and will preview some of those as I get closer to shooting this sucker. Until then, check out www.myspace.com/thevillers.

What do you think?