Monday, September 1, 2008

Name That Tune

Singing harmony -- or attempting to sing harmony -- is a family tradition that we've only recently attempted to revive. How successful will the resuscitation be? That remains to be seen, or - rather - heard.

Our goal is a performance at the Western Open Fiddle Championship in October. We've never placed in the highly-competitive (but very fun) Jukebox division -- but we are giving it our best shot this year. The competition is meant to feature songs from the Jukebox Era of American music, performed acoustically -- the campier, the better.
Annie -- the Shasta College music major -- is in charge of assigning parts and keeping us on track. We call her the "Harmony Nazi."

Craig, trooper that he is, is putting on his best lead-vocalist-falsetto voice.

I'm trying to blend with tenor Joe, and not dominate. "You're singing back-up, Mom -- tone it down."

Max will be a dancing animal.

There's a free, Hot-Off-the-Presses Sacramento River Whispers CD for the first person to tell me what song we're rehearsing.
Here are the clues:

The song was written in 1939, and the songwriter's heirs only recently were able to recover royalty payments. It was a pop hit in the 50s and early 60s, and a big hit for a band with a 14-year-old lead singer. The song has been covered by 150 different artists, including: The Weavers and REM.

Email me with your guess: erin at stillmarried dot net - or leave a comment.


~ Kerri ~ said...

Ooh, ooh, pick me! :-) Is it "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"?

Erin said...

Kerri -- You are our lucky (?!?) winner! (Tho we just recorded our version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", and we're thinking that we have MUCH work to do. Apologies to the neighbors.)

Thanks so much for playing along.

Promo copies or our new CD, Sacramento River Whispers, are going out this week to all the North State's media moguls. And you'll get one, too.
Email me at: erin at stillmarried dot net with a mailing address I'll pop a CD in the mail.
Thanks, again.