It’s a simple word and a simple concept. Blend. It connotes unity and oneness of purpose. For our singing group, it means that whetn we’re all singing together, we sound much better than any of us sounds individually. So we chose the name BLEND for our album, and ultimately, for our group.
We’ve just posted links to the album tracks on our website so you can listen to our work. The first our eight sessions with Clive Romney, our first-rate recording engineer, was way back in July, so it’s been a long process. As a group, we would rehearse the pieces we were going to record. Then we’d go to Clive’s studio and we’d record each part individually to get it just right. We used headphones to listen to the beated guide tracks that Clive had prepared for each song — it felt pretty official.
Clive would then mix and edit the pieces the individual tracks so that they could sound as good as possible. It’s amazing what his auto-tuning software tools can do… 🙂
Studio recording and editing time isn’t cheap, especially when done by a seasoned professional and gifted musician like Clive. Thankfully, the album was financed by a generous contribution from a lady in my mom’s ward. She and her husband had heard us sing in their ward and he mentioned to her that we really should record an album. Unfortunately, he died suddenly in the summer of 2009 and we were invited to sing at his funeral. She was so grateful for our music that she wanted to give us a gift that would last. We were dumfounded when we received her gift last Christmas, and we no longer had an excuse not to get this album done. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort.
Go to http://blendsingers.wordpress.com/album/ to listen and order a copy of the CD, which will be released this week.
Below is the artwork, designed by my friend and fellow group member Mike Peterson. Pretty cool, eh? Do you see the visual elements of BLEND?