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Australia’s Unofficial Entry into Eurovision, Diamond Heist=COMPLETE

Drum roll please here is the final copy of Diamond heist and the lyrics!!

Diamond Heist

Verse

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
Or will you deceive?
I suppose it doesn’t matter, I can’t do this alone.
We will be a team until this heist is done and gone

Verse 2

Gather your disguise, refine your lies
choose your weapon with care
the stakes are high
the treasure’s in a vault, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Verse 3

Partners in crime, thick as thieves,
can I trust you in time?
the stakes are high
the treasure’s in a vault, 30 feet under ground
accomplice to the end, complete the job at all costs

Chorus

100 carat stone, it’s crystal clear
Cut to shine brighter than the moon
Colour of the stars, it’s ours to take
This flawless paragon will be our reward

Bridge

Picking locks, bribing guards,
cracking safes, hacking logs
Jumping lasers, grappling hooks
swapping fakes, lying crooks

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, a special thanks to my youth pastor who helped me fix my recording problems and agreed to sing it even though I made the melody difficult to sing 😛

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AUEE-Recording Update 1, stumbling block

Today I spent a long day with my two singers, working on getting the melody right then recording the first verse and harmony. After they left I attempted to record my dad playing his bass ukulele (sounds like a double bass but it’s portable), unfortunately couldn’t get that to work. I sent the wrong music to my pianist, sorry booklovers1!! Then recorded my two sax tracks. I left to go home and eat dinner, came back and the computer had completely wiped all my newly created files. I lost hours of my work and have to start the recording from scratch. Scary as Eurovision isn’t accepting suggestions after the 31st of January. Even more scary that I found someone who knows what they’re doing and agreed to mix the final track but I need to get it to them on Monday evening.
The other main issue is that I have know idea how to mix drum and electronic sounds into it, I’ve been watching YouTube tutorials etc. and mucking around with it but so far things aren’t good….
On the plus side my singers sound amazing even though I made the vocal line quite complex, my dad can play the bass line and my sax parts sounded pretty cool.
Massive learning curve!!

At this stage this project of ours could go either way, but I’m spending all my time on it and I’m praying for the best 🙂

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AUEE-Music update 3 + sax

I added two saxophones to the mix to fill out the sound. The choice of instrument to do this was a little bias for obvious reasons but I think it works well. What do you guys think? I’m behind schedule, trying hard to catch up.
Don’t forget to check out the other music and lyrics updates.

Forgot to mention, sorry for the sound quality, I’m using Sibelius and the instruments don’t always sound real. I hope to rectify this by recording real musicians.

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Saxophone Tip #1- Sticky Keys

One of the things that absolutely drives me insane is when I get sticky keys and in the middle of a piece I either sound like I didn’t bother to check the key signature or I’m randomly putting weird grace notes because the keys come up late or worse not at all. I recently found out that the method I’d been taught to clean my sticky pads, by inserting a cloth or some various form of paper and dragging out is not good for the general wear and tear of the pads. I was very surprised as this is the way I know most of my saxophone buddies use and had been taught to by teachers. I discovered this when I went to get my new saxophone serviced for the first time and the technician talked to me because I was having trouble with my g sharp key and low c sharp key. It turns out it is better to use a powder paper, like cigarette paper or a specialised powder paper for instruments and insert the paper with the powder side facing towards the pad and press the key down then repeat on different spots of the paper, no dragging. Hopefully this helps you with keeping your saxophones nice and healthy.

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Paul Desmond

The qualities in music I considered most important — and still do — were beauty, simplicity, originality, discrimination, and sincerity.
~Paul Desmond

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December 18, 2013 · 4:54 PM

Celebrating Composers – Day 7: Paul Desmond

Paul Desmond

Paul Desmond

Another one of my favourite saxophone players is Paul Desmond, I really love his smooth tone and the style he often plays in. Desmond is most well known for his work in the Dave Brubeck Quartet. It’s less well known that Brubeck once worked for Desmond, who replaced him from the band. Later when Brubeck has started a trio Desmond went to his house to ask for a job. Brubeck’s wife Lola had been instructed never to let the saxophonist in, she did however. In the end Brubeck did agree to hire Desmond once he had offered to babysit his children and the trio became a quartet. The two friends became very close and when Desmond died he left his saxophone to Dave Brubeck’s son Michael.
In an interview Dave Brubeck revealed the meaning behind his nickname the Stork, “Some people called him the stork — ‘Cause he would stand on one leg and leaned on the piano. But that…that was when he was playing great. What used to scare me is I’d look at him and it would just be whites in his eyes, wouldn’t be any eyeballs.”

One of his most well known compositions is Take Five, a personal favourite of mine. In piece employs the unusual time signature of 5/4 giving the piece a distinctive rhythmic feel. It is also really fun to play 😛 In his will Paul Desmond specified that all proceeds of this song be donated to the Red Cross which generates them approximately $100,00 a year.
This is also my favourite live performance of him performing the song because he clearly gets so into the solo that he forgets there are people there, at around 3:11 he finish’s and stops to adjust his mouthpiece, looking up in surprise at the audience when they clap.

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Celebrating Composers – Day 2:Charlie Parker


Yes I know Charlie Parker is known more as performer than a composer but he did right a lot of his own songs. One of the most legendary jazz saxophone players in history Parker is known as on of the forefathers of the Jazz style Bebop. At the age of 14 he dropped out of school to pursue his study of the alto saxophone. One of my favourite things about him is that when he first started to get out and play he wasn’t the best, a drummer even threw a cymbal at him so he would get off the stage! But he didn’t give up he kept practicing and developed a sound no one had ever heard before. He earned the nickname Yardbird, often shortened to Bird, because of his love of fried chicken. To me these things make him more real. He was an ordinary guy who loved his sax.
Here is his song Yardbird Suite, in which he improvises a solo (first to take a solo) at a ridiculous speed over a continuously changing chord progression, highlighting his depth of knowledge of chords and musical structure.

Remember if you like the song buy it and support the music industry!!

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