Draw Me Close to You is another one of those classic songs I've wanted to record for a while, but I'd been holding off doing it for some time because I wanted to find the right person to collaborate with. Well, I recently met Elisha thanks to the suggestion of a mutual friend and after some brief discussion, we settled on this one as the first song we'd cover together (more collabs coming in the future Lord-willing).
Arrangement Partially Inspired by Michael W. Smith
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'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.
In Colorado, we got our first snow of the season on September 8th, 2020. Yes, you read that correctly, *September* 8th! I recorded this video last week. xD Hit "read more" below the video to hear the story of how this project came to be.
This week I thought it would be nice to take a break from the super produced stuff I posted last time and put out something a little more raw and basic (though I still put a lot of effort into it). Recording this with city lights behind me was such a cool experience and it really makes me want to do something like it again soon.
I've been wanting to cover this song forever as people always enjoy it when I play it for them irl, but I didn't know how to do it in a way that wasn't cheesy or boring... until this week. This is probably the fastest turnaround I've ever had on a video for this channel. I came up with the initial idea on Monday and by Tuesday night, it was filmed. I spent Wednesday and Thursday editing it together and obviously today is Friday, which is when I normally post. This was also my first proper music video shoot with a small crew on location. Huge thanks to my good friends for being willing to show up and give me a hand on such short notice!
I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I enjoyed making it! This is honestly one of my favorite projects to date.
This video is the result of about a month of work, haha. As soon as I heard Lauryn play her song "The Fear" for the first time on a livestream, I was totally hooked and I decided I just *had* to learn it. This is actually the first song I've learned on guitar that uses an alternate tuning (Open G) so that part definitely took a bit. A week or two later, she posted a produced version of it (linked below) on her YouTube channel, and I used that to figure out the each of the parts for the various instruments. It took me a few tries to get something that I really like, but I'm a huge fan of the end result. :)
For my 20th birthday, I decided to try something special. I pulled together all of my different skills into a single video and here is the result. :) I hope you enjoy this cover of one of my favorite songs from The Sound of Music that I made with some "friends."
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. :)