Tonight is the benefit for Brickton Montessori School called The Big Leap. A bit of wordplay there because the schools mascot is a frog. A Fierce Frog to be exact. Fighting Frogs don’t quite fit the school and I for one like the uniqueness of the Fierce Frog. Well I decided the frog needed a theme song and in one of those motivated/inspirational/get’r done moments I wrote a song for the aforementioned Fierce Frogs. Having the song wasn’t enough because once written it NEEDED to be recorded (if only in my head). My kids really liked the song and my wife did as well so… after calling a couple studios on short notice with no luck I called a friend (Kevin Carney) who does remote recordings and with the help Cheryl Lacost (Head of the School) arranged for the song to be recorded at our school. The I got fellow parent Dave Degand to sing on it and Brickton Teacher John Huber to play on it (banjo was his idea) as well plus Frank and Don of the Poochamungas. A rough track was sent to everyone involved so they could practice at home and John and I got a rehearsal in on Friday and Saturday last week we laid it down. This as in last Saturday! The recording went well. John Huber’s banjo playing ended up driving the song as well as Dave’s expressive vocals. It was still missing something (again my artistic vision). Just needed to add some piano because in my head the piano is needed and managed to get Alton Smith (Poochamungas) to play and add harmonies and John Abbey to record on a Wednesday afternoon and then delivered those tracks to Kevin that night which he mixed and had to me by the next morning. You would think that’s enough but if your gonna have a theme song you should have a video to go with it. Wednesday I also spent the morning shooting clips in the school for the song which we had just recorded. Many thanks to Chris Wyer for coming out with his awesome HD camera and helping capture a Brickton School Day. So Kevin finished the song Wednesday night. Phew… But that’s not all. Fellow Brickton parent Joe Somers is edited all the video to go along with the song for the fundraiser tonight! TONIGHT! Saturday, February 15th at 6:30pm. TONIGHT!!! Which he has just dropped off and it looks AWESOME!!! All I can say is thank you to eveyone who helped it was a lot of work but a lot of fun. If yor interested in seeing the video it’s World Premiere will be at the benefit tonight and tickets are still available on the Brickton website.
Here is a shameless plug and link to all the artists that sent me CD’s for the benefit. Many thanks!!! Go support one of these kindie artists today!!!