Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bessie Smith Cover Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out onGarageband (DEMO)

Adam Clarke and I have been rehearsing Bessie Smith's cover "Nobody wants you when you're down and out" for our acoustic sets. But today I was just playing around with some instrumentals on my garageband and started using the song lyrics in a different way.  Nothing official, just sharing some singing that's all.

https://soundcloud.com/angelanashed/nobody-wants-you-when-you-down

If you haven't heard Bessie Smith's version, its amazing and it's definitely worth checking out.  If you're into those types of songs that bring us out of our current era, that is one of them.  Recorded in the 1929 I believe.  What a voice she had.







Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rehearsal 1 - Micheal Jackson Cover Song Clips

Hey there!!

Lots of rehearsals have been happening this week. We`ve been preparing for some upcoming shows!!  I`m getting very excited to perform the songs we`ve been working so hard on for the album. 
We are also in the process of rehearsing some covers and I wanted to share with you a few of these - we`ll be posting these clips ongoing until the album is up and ready for release, so you can see what we`re working on!
Very lucky to be having Adam Clarke from The Dead City Soul Revue on guitar for these songs! (http://www.facebook.com/TheDeadCitySoulRevue).
The two videos below are us working out one of MJ`s Classics:


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IbtcP4-gJE



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjIswA7sgfo

Would love to hear your comments and suggestions for more covers!
We are still in the midst of deciding which to do and your help would be awesome.
More rehearsals will be posted in the next few weeks, and probably some clips in between takes -  I`ll definitely be posting them as we move forward.

Show dates are also in the works, keep dropping by and we'll let you know what's happening.


Speak soon! x
and happy Sunday

Angela


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Music, Writing and According to Google

Hey there peeps,
 I've been writing and singing all day so I wanted to talk a little bit about music in general. 
I decided to actually just google the word "music" to help me out.

And this definition came up:   (Definition of Music according to google)
Noun
  1. The art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
  2. The vocal or instrumental sound produced in this way.
..."Sounds to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion",... love that definition.  Speaking of emotion, I really think the best way to describe the whole music writing process, personally speaking at least, is that it often comes when you're feeling something really strongly, like equivalent to having butterflies in your stomach, (ome form of anxiety, restlessness, extreme sadness or uneasiness or the opposite, uneasiness is a happy or "looking forward to" type of way).  Something about those of feelings cause melodies to form in the mind.  If you know what is stirring the emotions then words come with them. If not, you find words for the songs later. I'm sure everyone has a different and very unique process to songwriting but, on my end at least, that's pretty much the essence of it.
After that its all technicality, song arranging, adding  instrumentation and harmonies, etc. To be honest though, in final recordings, all you're ever doing is trying to re-capture that same energy that initial melody had that made you want to finish the song in the first place.
I guess it makes sense that melodies bring so much emotion when listened to then, - that is what we need (and feel) to create the sounds.
My 2 cents for the day,
Will share some music with you later on, have a lovely Sunday x







Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hello Friends,
Welcome to my blog. I am a singer/songwriter from Montreal  in the midst of completing my first EP and I wanted to share the creative process with you here:)  I have 2 singles out "Know you" (accappella recording) and "Sugar I"  which are currently available for download at http://reverbnation.com/angelanashed. Lyrics are always provided.

I love all forms of art; dance, poetry, painting, film, and I love collaborating with artists of different art forms.
The album artwork for the songs "Know You" and "Sugar I" is a theme for the upcoming album.  It was a collaboration between myself and an amazingly talented artist named Ian MacLeod, which he drew and painted each by hand.









You can check out more of his art on his facebook
 http://www.facebook.com/ian.macleod.50?ref=ts&fref=ts

 “To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” ~Pablo Picasso

Thanks so much guys and speak soon,

 Angela