Amazing Grace | New Music Video

Here is our new music video of “Amazing Grace.” In our last post we discussed how we had originally arranged it for orchestra, reduced it into 7 clarinet parts, and made a recording of it.

Now we’re going to discuss the process of making a music video.

After we were finished recording the music track (click here to read about how we did that) we called up Dane Christensen, our awesome videographer, to schedule a filming appointment. He ended up not being able to make any appointments work as he now lives in California. So we called up Tanner Nielson, Dane’s buddy, and made an appointment with him. He is awesome as well!

Family Picture!

Family Picture!

FILMING

We decided to head up to a mountain trail in Layton, Utah – a location that Tanner suggested – and we brought:

  • Bb Clarinet (my new professional model – yayyy!)
  • Bass Clarinet (cheap model which I bought new in January of 2014 – it cost me $1,700, and while it’s not the ideal instrument, it was cheaper than these amazing Buffet models.)
  • Baby in carseat/blankets/diaper bag
  • iphones and/or portable bluetooth speakers

It’s important to have the speakers. Even if you can perform your music perfectly in the filming setting (say you have a piano and all the instruments you need) you’re not going to film the actual music. If you did, you would not get the best studio recording sound that you would want in your music video. You should first make the music just how you want it in the recording studio and then mime/play along with it in the filming. In the end, the audio from the filming will be deleted and replaced with the audio from your studio recording.

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We went out to a trail and I turned on the track to play along with. (Play along with the exact same track you’ll be using in the final audio/video mix – if you don’t, then your words and notes won’t line up properly.)

We filmed me on my little clarinet in one location. I played along with the track (which was playing from my iPhone in my back pocket). I then did the same thing with my bass clarinet and we repeated the process in a few other locations on the mountain trail.

While I played the clarinet, Kacee was feeding our baby girl. After twenty or so minutes, I took the baby and burped her while Tanner filmed Kacee singing. We then got some shots done together while the baby lay in her carseat as close to us as possible and as far away from the spiders and dirt as possible.

Burping the Baby

Burping the Baby

In the end we got some drone shots and Tanner almost crashed his drone into the trees. Pretty funny story when told by someone other than myself. Ha… 🙂 No really, still pretty awesome and funny. 🙂

So then in the end Tanner took all the footage back to his house and then lined up the best footage with the awesome master track which we had prerecorded. This is facilitated by the fact that we were playing/singing along with that track.

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And that’s how we got this beautiful video! Thanks Tanner and Clive!!!!

Here’s a demo of the orchestral version:

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O Divine Redeemer | New Music Video

Hello all, and welcome back to the Brick Playhouse!

We are just finishing up all of our nesting projects in preparation for our little one coming in about one month. The most exciting project of all, will be our new lullaby CD we made for our future little girl.

We have been singing and making music for the entire duration of Kacee’s pregnancy so far. Kacee has sung at the Met Competition, we’ve been taking and teaching voice lessons, singing in choirs, and singing together at our piano at home.

In other words, our little one is very familiar with a lot of music already. And we’re not talking about vibrations being manufactured by speakers and entering the womb through the mediums of air and skin – we’re talking about about a seemingly omnipresent resonance from a mother’s voice gently oscillating the womb from the inside.

This is why we’re making a lullaby CD for her. We want to remind her of all the beautiful music she’s been learning in there. We want to make her feel at home by hearing the song of her mother’s voice and her daddy playing the piano.

And here is our first music video made from our album of lullabies for baby girl.

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And here’s a shoutout to our awesome videographer: http://www.srndpts.com

Hermanas and Adios to Summer

Hope you had a great Labor Day!  Our weekend was full of friends, family, a voice teaching seminar, church, and The Home Depot.  Just the way we like it.  Also, our Home Depot visit(s) provided us with the motivation to kick off a little remodel.  Details soon…  🙂  

August was an exciting month for our families.  Mostly in the sister department.  I shall expound by way of bullet points:

  • My not-so-baby sister reported to the Missionary Training Center to begin her 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The MTC is a facility for the training of missionaries (hence the name).  😉  Members of the Church are able to serve as full-time missionaries at the age of 18 (men) or 19 (women).  It is an incredible program.  These missionaries put aside school, work, friends, etc. and focus only on serving God and His children all over the world for 18 months (women) or 2 years (men).  My sister was called to serve in Argentina, and she was SO ready and excited to go.  It has been inspiring to watch her prepare for this experience and to read her letters for the last few weeks.  She is learning so much about herself, her faith, and SPANISH.  I’m so proud of her!  
  • Shane’s sister reached her 8th month of pregnancy and will be having the first grandchild, niece, etc. in the family sometime in the next two weeks!  The end of the month was particularly exciting because the doc said that this sweet little babe could come anytime.  We’re so excited for them, and I can’t wait to be an aunt!! 
  • Another of Shane’s sisters received a call to serve a mission in Ohio!  She won’t leave for another few months, but we are so excited for her!!  She will be great.

It has been a wonderful summer.  And a busy one!  And although I’m looking forward to cool weather, holidays, crunchy leaves, lots of soup, and pumpkin stuff, I always miss the carefree days of summer when they draw to a close.  

On Family Vacations and Gratitude

Last month, Shane and I went on a nine-day vacation with my family to the Midwest. I can’t even remember the last time I got to spend nine whole days with my parents and siblings! It was so good. We flew into Kansas City and spent the first two days exploring sites that are significant in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in and around the Kansas City area. We walked a lot, learned a lot, and had a great time.

KCI Airport

Liberty Jail

Kansas City Temple

Sis and Dad at Marydale Inn

Far West

Shane and Kacee in Far West

The majority of our trip was spent in Nauvoo, Illinois, a beautiful little town on the Mississippi River, made up mostly of restored buildings from the 1840s. Nauvoo was the home of thousands of early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and my family (and Shane’s family!) has ancestors who lived and owned land in the area. It is such a special place.

Nauvoo Temple

Joseph and Hyrum Carthage

Carthage Jail

Barge on the Mississippi

Hotel Nauvoo

Dancing the Night Away

Joseph and Hyrum Nauvoo

Family

Nauvoo Temple

Such an incredible trip.

Then two weekends ago, we had a chance to drive up to our Alma Mater and visit some friends and old professors. It was a quick trip, but it was so great to catch up, and we felt like we were coming home. The experience prompted a conversation between Shane and I about the people and opportunities that have made us who we are today. We owe a lot to the people we visited that weekend. Do you have those people in your life? People who brought you and your spouse together, or who changed your outlook on education or careers or family? Or who lifted you up during a really hard time? I’m grateful for those people. Who would we be without them?

 

Photos courtesy of my mama.  She’s the best.  ❤