No doubt you’re aware by now that I’ve resumed my search for singers for the Eden in Babylon demo wholeheartedly, after being discouraged at an earlier stage, and sinking into an unweildy period of deep depression that I am determined to demolish. Well, I’ve got some encouraging news to share with you!
I think I’ve found a singer for the main female part on my song The Very Same World. She’s the new Choir director at my church, a young woman involved with the Lionel Hampton School of Music. She sings very well — and the song is in her range, too.
In the clip below, she would come in solo at 1:44, where you may notice a key change. Prior to that, she would have entered at 1:06 (the first hook) with myself and a second female vocalist of unknown identity. I can sing the main male part from the start – for now – but I’ll need three more voices for the second hook, coming in at 2:32. I faded this version at 3:02, but you probably get the point. In the one minute and forty-two seconds that follow, it only gets bigger. And it’s all scored on Finale: piano, six voices, and all other instruments.
I only told her that there “might” be money in it, since after all, I’m not sure. If she didn’t mind doing this one for free, that would certainly be very kind of her. However, as far as requesting she sing the other two songs on the demo, it doesn’t seem right not to be able to pay her something. It would be good if I could just get a team of three men and three women together, including myself. If would be great if I could rehearse three songs in three rehearsals adequately before we record — and then proceed to pay them what they’re worth. If I really want to find talented singers who can help me create a demo of decent quality, I need to pay each of them at least $125 for the three songs I’d like to put on the demo. Then I can at least begin to submit the show to theater companies — with or without a complete piano-vocal score — because they’ll at least have some idea what the music sounds like when they read the script.
The words below are those of the second hook. The complete lyrics may be found here. I put a picture of the entrance way to my new and favorite city, just so you can get a grasp of how golden it is, for me. If I can pull this thing off anywhere, I can pull it off in Moscow, Idaho – in the city I knew absolutely nothing about before I found my home here on July 27, 2016 — in the Very Same City where I was born.
The Very Same World
That has seen tragedy
Will now see majesty
Stand at her door.
The Very Same World
That had been torn apart
Will show her golden heart –
Let her heart pour
All over the world,
And put an end to shame.
That world will bear the name:
World Beyond War.
from the new musical Eden in Babylon,
exploring the effects of homelessness on the young people of 21st Century America.
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