Christmas Island

December 23, 2011 8:53 PM

I made my children to sing on another Christmas song. In three-part harmony. Merry Christmas, everybody.

posted by chococat (6 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

Christmas Island is my favorite chrimbo tune. So far nobody has unseated Leon Redbone's version, but this is a strong contender for runner up. Thanks, and give your kids a high five from some guy on the internet .
posted by dubold at 2:53 PM on December 24, 2011

Wow, this is AMAZING. Adding it to my 2.5 gigs of Christmas music now. Thanks!
posted by freakazoid at 11:28 AM on December 26, 2011

posted by unSane at 3:52 PM on December 26, 2011

Seriously, I'm in awe of this. I'm just sitting here trying to imagine wrangling my kids to sing in three part harmony. I'm pretty sure it would involve handcuffs and Autotune.

That guitar solo is a thing of wonder. How on earth did you do it?
posted by unSane at 5:04 PM on December 27, 2011

Thanks guys!

The kids were a bit challenging, but they are used to me wrangling them for some music/video thing or another. I mapped out the 3 harmony parts myself first and then just recorded them one at a time, doing one section at a time. The real challenge was playing the whole thing live at my mother-in-law's house on Christmas eve...she makes each family perform something, a skit or story or whatever, before they can get their presents every year. The kids did great and my wife learned the uke part a few hours earlier, having never played before.

The slide solo was the last thing I did on the recording. I just kind of banged it out a few times until it sounded ok. It's this old Framus parlor guitar that was my mother-in-law's brother's in Germany in the '60's. He died in a car crash in 1967. The guitar ended up with me but in my irresponsible 20's I didn't know anything and it was in a damp basement and got impossibly warped and cracked over the years which still haunts me and makes me cringe every time I think about it.
I subsequently noticed that it plays really well as a slide guitar and use it on tracks that require that.
posted by chococat at 8:49 AM on December 28, 2011 [1 favorite]

Got goosebumps! Love it.
posted by Glinn at 7:27 AM on December 31, 2011

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