Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hockey Morning in ... West"ish" Vancouver

A couple of weeks ago, while at Chris' hockey practice, a couple of the other parents started to suggest that I write a "theme song" for the hockey team.

This came about because the team has been chosen to be featured on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada sometime in the spring.

Someone (I forget who) said, "we should have a theme song for the kids". Which led to ... "hey, you do that creative kind of stuff don't you? What do you think of writing a tune?"

Well, to make a long story short, I've been seriously working on the tune and it's kinda coming together. Don't know if they were joking around, but I'm running with it. I even lugged out Catherine's laptop, an audio interface, a pair of small diaphram cardioid mics, mic stand and cables to Chris's game last Thursday to record the kids yelling their team name - among other things.

I'm not kidding when I say, these kids can yell! I had to bring the gain back down to less than half of where I'd done my own personal sound checks...

It's starting to grow now. I've got a section where there's this two bar "catchy" sing-along bit ("uh, uh, uh, uh, ohhhh...!") where I'm thinking I might start to solicit help from some Internet audio-geek buddies out there to provide more fodder for a "gang vocal" thing.

Anyway, so far, it's been fun, and it's starting to take on a life of it's own - eating up spare time and the like. I'm even finding myself obsessing over lyrics and melody lines.

What started out as - oh, this won't take more than a couple of hours, has grown to taking a bit more than a week... so far.

I think I'll have to start imposing a deadline before long. More to come!

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