Friday, February 6, 2009

StarQuest Nashville

I've not really been in the mood to post music this week. My six year old daughter performed at a dance competition in Nashville last weekend and earned two high gold medals. She was competing against several seven and eight year olds so this time she did not place, but she did win the trophy for best junior costume. The two pictures above show her lyrical ballet performance of Rascal Flatts' "Skin (SaraBeth)", portraying a young girl struck by cancer but who dances in her dreams. It's a little dark, and advanced for her age, but if you're going to stand out, why just do another show tune or Disney routine?

You might remember I mentioned that I edited all the music for our studio. The high point for me was that even in competing against some of the most affluent studios in Nashville, our music sounded fantastic and was (IMHO) much better edited. It's hard to fit a four to five minute song, especially one with a story arc, into the required two to three minutes, without destroying the emotional impact or the musical flow. Additionally, you have to take into account the choreography of the routine, and the ability of the dancer - perhaps extending an interlude or shortening a gap that becomes noticeable on stage.

My favorite edit was in cutting "Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club, a fun little song that clips along quite briskly. I took a pistol shot effect from the 12" Single and added it at the front and at the end, curtailed a verse, and - in a moment of inspired genius - sampled the drumbeat from the B-52's "Love Shack" at one point, which sounded great over a large sound system.

This weekend, we are competing in Nashville again. You go, girls!

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