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Tommy Miller

Rihanna - Umbrella (Bluegrass Cover by Tommy Miller)

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Thanks for checking out my cover of Rihanna "Umbrella". If you like this indie folk music remix, thumbs up. If you want to see me do more songs like Rihanna "Umbrella" then subscribe!

Vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and cardboard box by Tommy Miller
Audio recorded and mixed by Tommy Miller
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This video was uploaded after a long night of shooting and editing with my friends over at the SteamyInTheCity channel. We worked very dilligently through the evening hours to bring this gem of a musical motion picture to your field of vision.

It started with a cover. I always felt the song "Umbrella" by Rihanna had some bluegrass potential. So i folked it out. I recorded all the instruments and vocals in one afternoon a few days ago. Spent a day tuning it up. Then my good friend Scott had a really cool idea to hang umbrellas like Chinese lanterns. And the rest was a lot of filming and causing a ruckus at 2am in Long Beach. Sorry neighbors, you are all great sports! It was a lot of fun to work on this Rihanna "Umbrella" cover, I am learning a lot about music video making! Thank you for taking the journey with me. Don't forget to subscribe and don't forget to check out SteamyInTheCity's youtube channel. I did a few covers over there including Bon Iver "Skinny Love".

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Our "Christmas in the Attic" album is available on iTunes here...
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-in-the-attic/id7­76636347

Also available on loudr.fm...
http://www.loudr.fm/release/christmas-in-the-attic/Mux5u

If there were a prize for Christmas cheer Regina Zaremba and Chanele McGuinness would win it hands down this year! Their idea to do our very own 12 Days of Christmas by releasing a Christmas Song each day ending on Christmas morning ended up creating my new favorite Christmas album of all time!! No Joke.

What makes this whole album so incredible to me is that both the music and the videos were recorded live in one take, and none of the musicians had chosen or rehearsed any of the songs before hand. Transforming our attic into a winter wonderland really seemed to bring out the magic of Christmas because all of the artists came up with these beautiful arrangements and spontaneous collaborations in such a short period of time, and then performed them all in such an authentically perfect way that your heart couldn't help but grow two sizes or more that evening.

I'm so proud to be working with such an amazingly talented group of artists. They all rose to the challenge of making One Take videos and definitely reminded me of everything I love about music. When you record something live like this you really can't hide or fix any of the mistakes, because all of the vocals and instruments end up getting recorded onto all of the tracks instead of each having their own, so if they turn their heads away from the mic, mess up on guitar, miss a note, you can't just "punch in" and fix it. You get what you get, and if it's bad you basically just have to scrap the track. We didn't scrap a single track from that night, and Kurt Hunter was able to set everything up to capture the music with a clarity that sounds like it was recorded in a pro studio.

I have a lot of fond memories from the past 2 and a half years of the SteamyintheCity Music Collective and I think this evening is going to a memory I think about often... even in the summer :)

Twelve days of Christmas from the SteamyintheCity Music Collective

On the first day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer Cover by Kurt Hunter & Erik James!
http://bit.ly/1bHnyiC

On the second day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
Christmas Time is Here Cover by Chanele McGuinness, Erik James & Tommy Miller
http://bit.ly/1kM5y90

On the third day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen / Carol of the Bells Mashup by Justine & Kerris Dorsey
http://bit.ly/18uQKeC

On the fourth day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
Last Christmas Cover by Juliet Weybret
http://bit.ly/1bXsi4R

On the fifth day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
Winter Song by Regina Zaremba & Chanele McGuinness
http://bit.ly/1fn6GPc

On the sixth day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
Mele Kalikimaka by Tommy Miller
http://bit.ly/JFpI8J
and
Joy to the World Banjo Instrumental by Tommy Miller
http://bit.ly/1c3b9Xp

On the seventh day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
Let it Snow by Kurt Hunter & Chanele McGuinness
http://bit.ly/JJDszl

On the eighth day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
Baby, it's Cold Outside by Juliet Weybret & Erik James
http://bit.ly/18EnVwi

On the ninth day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Tommy Miller & Erik James
http://bit.ly/19kYyjH

On the tenth day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
The Chistmas Song "Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire"
by Tommy Miller & Regina Zaremba
http://bit.ly/1c2WQOk

On the eleventh day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
No One Would Be Alone on Christmas Eve by Justine Dorsey
http://bit.ly/1d6teUS

On the twelfth day of Christmas my True love gave to me...
White Christmas by Erik James
http://bit.ly/1bpILKA
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