What are you doing New year's Eve

A little 2008 holiday gift from me

This one was simply a little card from me to my BATB friends last year. I just felt like giving a very small thing back, a "thank you" note for the wonderful time many of them had shared with me through the whole year, especially those closer and dearest friends I got to finally hug at the NJ con for the first time that July.

So I sat and recorded this song in an impulse, no time for rehearsals, just some volume adjustment to the file. As a result, it's somewhat rough - not a smooth track really - and my pronunciation makes me cringe! But when a couple of very special people found it so good, I forced myself to "like it" some more. I had it up for a couple of days on BBTV and the Gutter, but took it down after that.

Hmmm... I suppose it's already time for a 2009 card, isn't it? I'll se what I come up with! I certainly have a lot to celebrate.

I had a wonderful surprise that holiday season!

To Vincent and Catherine

An anniversary song

After daring to go out of my shell and sharing "Love, undisguised" in Winterfest Online 2007, and with all the wonderful things that celebration brought with it that year, - mainly beautiful friendships, - I was ready to try my hand at another little project for the next WFOL in 2008. My original plan was to write something for Vincent's birthday; I already had a melody in my head and had started on some lines... But the muse suddenly decided to take a break, without a word of warning! Evil, evil muse... how dared she, with Winterfest a week away? Well; WFOL came and went, and I just stacked that file away. Maybe some other time it would find its voice.

"April 12th" was approaching. Soon we would be celebrating with Vincent and Catherine yet another anniversary of the meeting that change each other's lives (and many of ours) forever... so another feast was in order, and preparations already on their way. It was then that I was presented with a proposal I just couldn't resist: A song for that special celebration at Batbland. The theem were to be Hope. So perfect. So appropriate! So I set to work. I got that early file out and tried to fix it... but that melody no longer spoke to me, you know. Somehow, it had lost its inicial charm; its moment was gone, not to mention it had a completely different feel to the theme, the emotion I wanted to convey then. So a few days before the Anniversary, I closed the file and deleted it forever. (Mind you, traces, pieces of that melody still live in my head, but I doubt they will ever become a whole).

After deleting the file, I picked my guitar and started playing, while getting flashbacks of how they met, their conversations, the intro, what they meant to each other... and the song just came to me, I think it wrote itself... or rather, Vincent and Catherine wrote it.
It was done in a couple of days, by April 10th, just in time.

one word about the title again: The fact is, I couldn't come up with a title! I just saved the file as "To Vincent and Catherine", and told the "batbland fairy" she was free to name it whatever she wanted. Well, she either couldn't come up with one or thought this appropriate, because that's how it appeared in the page in the end. And then I didn't want to change it.

You may listen to it here; it's a better version than the original Batbland recording. The words to it can be found here, as part of the April 12th, 2008 celebration. Enjoy!

And Amber has made a video with it! Here it is. Thanks, Fruitcake!