As I'm writing this, there's less than half an hour left in 2020. And boy... what a year it's been. I sure do hope 2021 is actually an improvement, but that remains to be seen. Happy New Year everyone!
I know this song is kinda played to death around this time of year, but I wanted to record my own version anyway. xD Also, it may already be 2021 by the time most of you watch this, but everything in this video was recorded, produced, and published on New Years Eve 2020 (so it was still relevant 😉).
Hope you enjoyed this first video with my new baritone uke! I'm mildly obsessed with the sound, not gonna lie.
I know I literally just covered The Optimist with Jessie a few weeks ago, but recently I figured out how to play Wandering (another song by Lauryn Marie) and there was no way I was gonna put off recording it.
Wandering is (and has been since I first heard it) my all time favorite song she's written as it combines a new melody and new lyrics with the classic hymn called Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Once you finish watching my cover, I highly recommend you go check out the original which I've linked in the end screen.
I've wanted to cover White Christmas for a long time (it's so fun to sing!) but always felt weird singing it since I don't actually celebrate Christmas. Well, last night was the first night of Hanukkah (today is the first day!) and we got snow! As soon as I began to come up with some fun lyric changes, I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity to re-interpret the song in a more personally relevant way. :)
This video hit a lot of firsts for me:
It was the first time I've gone from idea to finished, posted product in less than 24 hours on this channel.
It was the first time I've actually filmed myself singing in snow.
It was the first time I've written / recorded an instrument solo for an arrangement.
And finally, it was the first time I've used a reed organ as part of a larger project instead of simply by itself!
All super fun milestones for me personally.
Every sound you hear in this video (with the exception of the jingle bells since I still haven't gotten my hands on a set of those yet) was recorded with its corresponding physical instrument - that includes my voice (obviously), ukulele, bass, cajon with brushes, and reed organ. I'm really excited that I'm getting to the point where music production of this caliber is possible without having to rely so heavily on samples or synthesized instruments.
Along with being a YouTuber, Filmmaker, Photographer, and Geocacher, Joshua is also a musician. Every so often he tries to post a new song cover on his JRM Vlogs YouTube channel. This page collects them all into a neat little group. :)