This week, we’re practicing what we preach and playing around!
Both being musical dweebs and hobbyists, Jen and I decided to record a song together just for the fun of it, and we’ve worked up the courage to share it with you here- eek!
When we were thinking of what song to sing, we started with ones Jen had already been practicing on her ukulele. She gave me a list and from it People Are Strange was one of the possible contenders. I liked that one because well, people are strange- we are, for sure- and that’s kinda what the Maven Circle is all about, embracing and celebrating our unique strangeness, right?
The next day, I was looking through old records and noticed a shelf filled with sheet-music books I forgot I even had, and one of them was the complete library of all The Doors songs. “Oh right! I have this already!” I screeched excitedly as I pulled it out and set it on the piano to look through later.
Then, the mister and I were off for some weekend estate-saling. When we got in the car the radio was tuned to some random station and guess what song was playing right at that moment? The Doors, People Are Strange.
“That’s it, it’s a sign!” I text Jen, and we got to work learning it that day.
I recorded the piano part and my still rusty fingers couldn’t quite get to the tempo of The Doors version of the song- it came out a little slower and sultrier, and I liked it. I sent that to Jen to record herself singing melody and strumming the ukulele, along with it, and she sang and played around my “jazzy styling”, as she called it. Meanwhile, I recorded my own voice singing harmony, and then Jen put it all together. It’s amazing the things you can do with a coupla instruments, iphones, GarageBand and time to play.
The results of how it all came together surprised us both with what feels, to us, like we’re singing in an old juke joint from 100 years ago around 2am. It’s a little “off”. A little strange (just the way we like it.) And a whole lot of awesome because it was so much fun to do, and is a reflection of how well we work together, and complement one another.
Doing something just for the fun of it, and seeing it through to the end, feels like a success in itself. And that’s the reason we want to share our song here with you today, to inspire you to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do, for no real reason other than the fact that you’ve always wanted to do it.
So, without further ado, introducing the first ever song by The Maven Sounds (we had to pick a band name, of course), I present for your listening pleasure, People Are Strange:
And to go along with the song, we thought it the perfect time to share some of these pics from the photoshoot we had recently with Bettie Newell, our photographer friend (and past guest maven!) with an awesome eye for capturing light, and moments.
Click play, scroll and enjoy!