Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

Finding one's own Holiday

Buoyed by the odd award my kazoo Christmas album received, I resolved to get my favorite of its songs on internet radio. So I went to
a kind fellow at Live365radio and asked if his novelty Xmas song playlist had room for one more kazoo. He quite kindly responded that not only was there room at the inn, but he also wanted to add the song to his annual permanent collection. Thus, the Gurdonark version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is now on the playlist at the "Cracked Christmas" program at this internet radio station. I'm pleased to find it a home, as ribbons are all well and good, but airplay is better. Yet I like to learn lessons in things, and the lesson that a kind word from Captain Kazoo prompted me to effective self-promotion is not lost on me.

I really like my kazoo version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", but I wondered what it would sound like if it had not been performed on kazoo. I therefore placed the wave file into this wonderful freeware program I use called "Wave Goodbye". This converted the song from a wave file to a MIDI piano piece. Then I dropped the resulting piano file into Musedit, which allows me to write and configure music in MIDI format, and asked the program to replay the song using a sedate "goblin organ" MIDI sound effect. The result proved entirely interesting, but bore no remote resemblance to "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". I am one whose philosophy in such things is "not to worry". I loaded the dramatically-altered song into my sampler, the wondrous Slicer, recorded the result, and then did all sorts of fun-with-adjustments changes to it, using mouse-clicks in my 10 dollar home studio with names like "reverb" and "echo".

The result was a completely and rather satisfying somber ambient piece I called "Peace and Love (Abstract Variations on "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"). I don't think anyone could guess, without knowing, that this began its life on a portable cassette player with the sounds of a swinging kazoo. So I posted this as a song on my new album, haunting voices, at DisFish Records . Although I love each bell, whistle, crooner song and Norelco commercial of Christmas, this song is more what I believe the year-end holidays are about--quiet, meditative times to hunt peace, converting even discord and uncertainty into quiet and hope.

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