I replied to an “Audition Call” on STARNOW a few months ago.
A guy from Montreal was looking for vocalists for his symphonic metal/hard rock songs.
Being both originally from Montreal, we instantly clicked and decided to collab on a song right away; MEMORIES.
Here’s the final results after the vocals and the music were mixed and mastered by IRONDOG studio in Montreal. I think it sounds really good and I am really proud of it
Lyrics, Musics and Arrangements: Luc Germain
Mixing and mastering: Mario Randisi (a.k.a. Mr.Zee)
Photography by: Annie Brassard
Lady Oscar aka “Versailles no Bara” was probably one of the first anime I was exposed to when I was a child. It was playing in French on the kid’s TV channel back when I was around 8 years old. Its the powerful and tragic story of a young woman forced to dress as a man and act as a solder in the French army a few years before the French Revolution. Versailles no Bara is still incredibly popular in Japan and has inspired the first musicals of the Takarazuka Revues. Although never adapted in English (A SHAME) this anime of the 70s is a world-known classic that every anime fan outthere should watch at least once. Its easy to get subtitled episodes.
After my friend Yota shared with me his karaoke version of the song (an original version was never released), I decided to record the song. I will also perform it live in a week for the Japanese New Year Party in town.
The fandubbing group Fighter4Luv finaly decided to use my [new and improved] recording of the English version of the Sailor Stars Theme for their latest release!
You may like it or not, it is a very tough song to cover – and there is no karaoke available without the Japanese backvocals so whatever you do in terms of mixing/editing, it will always sound weird. Plus my French accent, but that, can’t do much about it Still, I worked pretty hard on the song so… enjoy!
I highly recommend you “liked” the Facebook page of Fighter4Luv to see the videos.
I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be picked for this show!
There were over 338 entries and they showed perhaps 40 videos total in-between the commentaries and live performances of Kalafina, BENI and last year’s winners.
Yeah, Kalafina and BENI both watched me sing “Time Goes By” by Every Little Thing LOL
I was the only singer from Canada. Once again, the winning title went to a girl who produced a professional music video. This kind of raise the bar for anyone who wish to win. I’ll have to think about something for next year – and not record my songs only 3 days before the deadline! ^^;
I have recorded the whole show, but here’s the segment that featured my song.
Thank you to everyone who supported and voted for my videos!
I went to see Disney’s FROZEN with my family last week-end.
We absolutely loved it. And so the beautiful songs.
If you haven’t heard it by now, the main theme song for the movie is called “Let it Go” and is performed by Idina Menzel, who plays the tourmented Snow Queen Elsa. The movie had been out for only a few days that covers had already started to pop-up on Youtube, due to the karaoke version being readily available on iTunes.
In the back of my mind, I also wanted to cover this extremely challenging song – but it kind of discouraged me to know that I would had to take and accept criticism for my French accent coming through my vocals in that potential cover. This is when I found out that France had also released their own version of the song with the French release of the movie. It took me 2 days to learn, record and mix my vocals, and one additional day to polish the song and make the video.
I covered difficult and challenging songs over the past few years but nothing like that one. I accepted ages ago that I was not a “belter” (you know, think Christina Aguilera, Lea Michelle, Charice…) and to just make the best of my voice with what I had – and by happy with it. But covering that song gave me back some vocal confidence I had lost along the way. I am aware my cover is not perfect but how could it be when I am recording in an office, with below-standard recording equipment, a laptop and Ntrack Studio? Disney artists spend days in professional recording booths, with vocal coaches and highly paid sound engineers who can work little miracles with whatever comes out of someone’s mouth.
All that to say that I am pretty proud of myself
EDIT: Moonlight Densetsu has finally been added with a bunch of new entries!
You can watch it here! http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/songs/aVideo.html?lang=en+1129
Thank you to all of those who took the time to watch my videos – and vote.
I have no clue how or when the winner(s) will be selected – and what we can expect in terms of prizes – but I’ll let you know for sure! ^_^
I learned about this singing contest only 3 days ago and hours away from the submission deadline!
In its second year, “NHK We Love Japanese Songs” let people from outside Japan record little clips of themselves singing the Japanese song of their choice. The clips are then featured on the website for everyone to watch, vote and share.
Last Friday morning, I recorded 3 clips – Moonlight Densetsu, Fuyu no Uta (Kiroro) and Time Goes By (Every Little Thing) and submitted them. Its only this morning that two of my clips were finally published on the website. Funny that they edited them to less than a minute each. When I watched the other entries, most were the equivalent of one verse and one chorus, so most of the songs were about one minute and 30 sec. I based my recordings on that frame as well… Oh well, they kept the best parts so its all good
VOTING is open till December 8th (or one day before for anyone in North America). I am pretty sure the number of votes is not the sole factor in determining a winner but I am sure it can help getting the judges’s attention! We are also only two contestants from Canada and I’d like to be supported by as many Canadians as possible lol!
Click on the images below to go directly to the page!
Enjoy =D (and Thank you!!)