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Rummaging through my MP3's

Once again, a huge casting call has gone out, this time for a mystery production, title and details unknown, but since the very competent casting director, Ashley Haussman, has sent out the call, we can be certain that the production will most likely be a serious one. Ashley has asked for a maximum amount of material to be sent to her in "pop", "jazz" and "French music from the 40's and 50's"...

And so here I am on a Saturday morning, running through my MP3's to see what I can send her, which is when I run across some completely forgotten bits of music that I have recorded at one time or another. For those of you who know me well, I thought you might get a kick out of hearing a few pieces that are in a totally different style from what I usually do...

The first is from a recording I did for Reader's Digest in 2009 - it was for a compilation that was apparently given away for free with subscriptions. Needless to say I had a blast doing all of the vocal tracks for this re-make of "Lady Marmelade" - not nearly as good as the original, I'm afraid!

Next, here's something I wrote with Thierry Boulanger for the film, Tenir Tête by Julia Cordonnier. Julia had asked us to do a quiet song and she wanted a raspy breathy sound. The song ended up not being used, but again lots of fun to do this little garageband demo with a lyric I had actually written almost 15 years ago...

Here's a song for another movie by Julia Cordonnier, Après l'École, which was used in a scene where an adolescent girl is dancing in front of her mirror. During the shoot, she was actually dancing to a song by Britney Spears. Thierry and I had to get as close as possible to the tempo and style as we could. I really love this short film, full of adolescent angst. You can watch it on Thierry's site HERE near the bottom of the page. In the meantime here's the song, "A little early" with lyrics and vocals by moi-même and music by Thierry.

And last but not least, one of my all time favorite collaborations, here is a song called "The Girl is Hot", written by Caradoc Ehrenhalt, me, Thierry and Edward Auslender. I don't think I've ever had so much fun working on a song, including recording the lead "male" vocal - oh the things you can do with pitch tuning! I hope you'll find the song as funny as we did!


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