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Happy Halloween: All of Me

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Published on Oct 13, 2011

I love pre-bop jazz from the 20s and 30s - the melodies and harmonies are bright & clear and the chords all have thirds, sevenths, and create tension and release when voiced creatively. ALL OF ME is a cross-over standard that has been on the pop and country charts - I couldn't resist making an audio recording and then this video.

If you know the words, the Halloween theme comes out stronger (in my opinion) - I have paired my recording with clips from an old video that appears to be in the public domain, 'Skeleton Frolic' by Ub Iwerks. The video has been sped up and carefully put together so that the skeletons dance with the song.

This is one of my favorite pieces to play on guitar - I sing it too, but think it works better here as an instrumental. I make these videos for Club TNT (www.clubtnt.org) and have a lot of fun with them. I may add vocals to this track in the future and include it on a CD I am making of my guitar music (may also tweak EQ).

This was recorded with a Guild X500, running it direct into a Boss Micro BR and then doing final editing/eq'ing in Sony Vegas. To my ear, this is the perfect jazz guitar for recording - it has an acoustic resonance even when run directly into a recorder, something I don't think my other archtop (Eastman 910 CE, true acoustic, solid wood, carved top) is capable of doing with such a clear tone.

And let me throw out a special "THANKS" to the Digital Jazz Trio: Three Fingers Murphy on Piano, Johnny Barnes on bass, and "Animal" McKinzie on drums - APPRECIATE YOUR HELP GUYS!

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