Jazz: Where have you been all my life?

A little while before posting a song for all¹ the internet to hear, a co-worker asked me what type of music I sang. I said something super helpful like, “Uh, I don’t know. Like singer-songwriter type stuff.” You know, songs that singers sing…

Without skipping a beat he replied with, “Like jazz?”

And I thought, “Huh.” I’ve never thought of myself as a jazz singer but, “…maybe that could be right.”

It was like he reached down into my soul and pulled out a piece of the puzzle I couldn’t find. Or maybe he planted it there. Either way, it fits. I’m listening² to more jazz, it feels good to sing and I’m liking how it sounds on my voice.

One of the neat things about recording music is I get to hear what I really sound like. Often and not surprisingly, bits that sound rather nice in my head do not on tape³. (Sadly, it rarely happens the other way around.) One sort of interesting thing I’m finding is that I like the sound of my voice a little better with a touch of breathiness. Another couple co-workers thought I sounded like I belonged in a smoky lounge. I think this all points back to jazz.

So without further ado and in keeping with the theme, here is a little Norah Jones.*

I know I said that Samson by Regina Spektor was next on the list, but there was a change of plans. I tried recording it and didn’t like it. Instead I’m going to work on the Regina Spektor piece I really wanted to do in the first place, but passed over because I couldn’t immediately** acquire the sheet music: Lady. (Go have a listen and you’ll understand why.)

I threw together another Norah Jones song*** as well. Sort of on a whim. It came together so quickly that when a co-worker**** asked what other Norah Jones song I had recorded (the previous day) I actually couldn’t remember. It’s this one.

So what do you think… of my excessive use of footnotes? (My self-esteem is still too fragile to ask for feedback on the music itself.)

¹ I think it goes without saying that by “all” I mean my mom and the friends of mine that are active on Facebook.

² This is not entirely true since I don’t actually have much or know of much jazz. It is true that I’m gravitating towards the jazzy music I do have and would love to hear your recommendations.

³ You know, the computer.

* I, again, spent about infinity hours trying to raise the volume. At about 12:30 am Monday evening I had a critical breakthrough: IT CAN NOT BE DONE. I think I’m through trying for forever.

** It found the sheet music today online. It wasn’t that hard after all.

*** Note that this is not the surprise song I mentioned the other day.

**** Come to think of it, you’re probably right. I don’t talk to many people outside of work.


6 thoughts on “Jazz: Where have you been all my life?

  1. Do you use Songza (a music listening app)? They have a few great jazz lists and I’ve been really into it lately. It could be a good way to explore some more jazz! Actually, I’ve been so into it that we’re going to a jazz club tomorrow night 🙂

    Also, your music sounds fantastic!

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