Made famous by Billy Joel
Written by Billy Joel
Piano and Vocals by Liam Cooper
Released May 2012
Vocals recorded by Adam Jordan at Main Street Studios, Wollongong
Grand Piano recorded by Craig Willson at REC Studios, Sydney
Mixed and Mastered by Adam Jordan at Main Street Studios, Wollongong
I do love me some classic Billy Joel!
This was a very quick one. I took a grand total of two hours to do the backing track, record (two takes) and mix it. I admit to a little laziness - most of this is from the second take but there's a couple of bars punched in from the first. The song is a little high for me and I'm not entirely happy with the harmonica patch I used (need to fiddle with the attack for the short notes) but given how quickly I put it together I think it turned out pretty well!
I also tried taking the base off my Yeti and holding it. I think it sounds better and it makes for a nicer performance, but I did have problems with very high levels even with the mic's gain set to minimum. I think on balance it's an improvement, though. It gives me a bit more control.
I recorded this after my audition for the Gondwana Chorale today. Getting to and from the venue on public transport was... an adventure, shall we say... so I needed something to do to relax! The Gondwana Chorale is one of the Gondwana Choirs and auditions nationally each year. If you live in Australia and are into choral singing, you should audition - I totally recommend it! I've sung with them in a few previous seasons and it's always a lot of fun. They have a YouTube channel here:
(There's a nice, lingering shot of me at the end of Water Night!) XD
Song: Piano Man
Artist: Billy Joel
Backing Track: Synthesised from the MIDI at http://freemidi.org/download.html?id_cmp=1284&id=263&Piano+Man&Billy+Joel
Prepare to have your blind mown. It's a track-by-track walk through the brilliance of Billy Joel's "Piano Man". This feature runs on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles on the Frosty, Heidi, & Frank Morning Show. Streamable on the web @ www.955klos.com. Enjoy!