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Cheerful Songs for Trying Times 5

Casting about for a way to share some of the good cheer and community that we experience at our Folk Song Society Wednesday evenings, I came upon a recording of a full songcircle that I made back on April Fool’s Day, 2015. Since our songcircle that would have taken place on April 1 would have been on a similar theme, it seems appropriate to share selections from that recording now.

Here is Rick Pollay singing the Wompom song from our Parodies and Silly Songs night.

Ballad of Edward Snowden

Snowden   Introduction

In 2014 the Documentary Movie Citizen Four won an Oscar for best documentary.

In January 2013,documentary film maker Laura Poitras started receiving anonymous encrypted e-mails from “CITIZENFOUR,” who claimed to have evidence of illegal surveillance programs run by the NSA. Five months later, she and reporter Glenn Grenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden.

The STAZI were the East German Secret Police.

The Intercept is an online news publication dedicated to “adversarial journalism”.

The Amnesic Incognito Live System,TAILS, is a secure version of LINUX that along with TOR and PGP can enable private secure communication.

References to an hundred million in the song are vastly understated but I couldn’t make realistic numbers scan or rhyme.

another take

Cheerful Songs for Trying Times 4

Casting about for a way to share some of the good cheer and community that we experience at our Folk Song Society Wednesday evenings, I came upon a recording of a full songcircle that I made back on April Fool’s Day, 2015. Since our songcircle that would have taken place tonight (April 1) would have been on a similar theme, it seems appropriate to share selections from that recording now.

Here is John Neilson singing his song from our Parodies and Silly Songs night.

Multi Track Video

The video edit on this clip is pretty good. I suspect they are using ProTools which is pretty expensive and they are pros.   

We can achieve the same effect as follows:

  1. Create a click track on an mp3 file.    Sound recorder and a metronome will serve.
  2. Each musician records the song using whatever they have to create an mp4.   A smart phone on a tripod works pretty well.  Count the start in 1 2 3 4 to sync the tracks.  We cut this out of the final production.
  3. We pick the most likely version and each listen to it while re-recording our own part.
  4. The tracks are mixed into a video using LightWorks or ShotCut.  
  5. We could post the individual .mp4s on vfss.ca  so we don’t need to email huge video files.

 The mix is the big job I think I can do it in a day or so.   I’ve created a demo with SHOTCUT, just me playing two videos rhythm and lead side by side.  When you see it remember I don’t play all that well but the video and sound quality is pretty good.   The video shows the process for creating the combined track which is the last part of the presentation.   Two tracks are harder than one but three or four will not be that much more difficult.

Multi Track Video Demo

Cheerful Songs for Trying Times 3

Casting about for a way to share some of the good cheer and community that we experience at our Folk Song Society Wednesday evenings, I came upon a recording of a full songcircle that I made back on April Fool’s Day, 2015. Since the upcoming songcircle we will be missing would also have taken place on April Fool’s (2020), it seems appropriate to share selections from that recording now.

Here is Mary Armitage singing the third song from our Parodies and Silly Songs night.

See more from Mary on her performer’s page.