Makeshift music video

Here’s a new video with our quartet Makeshift:

Our partner and percussionist Scott Rubox Pausal did the camera work. I worked on it over 4 weekends, and in the process taught myself Adobe Premiere elements.

The song Bye Bye Blues was written in 1930 and was a hit for Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1952.

Some tech notes:

Audio recorded on a Zoom H1 2-track digital recorder

Audio equalized. reverbed and mastered in Audacity opensource freeware. Final audio cut is a combination of two takes. The audio track is available for download at

Video shot with Panasonic DMC LX5 in SD widescreen.  Nice wide angle on this camera – 24mm equiv.

Video edited with Adobe Premiere Elements 8.0.

Windows 7

I was looking for an old video edit that was not in my digital records, so I pulled out the old camcorder to check the 8mm tapes.    When I plugged the camcorder into our new Windows 7 PC, a Windows Live Gallery dialogue box popped up giving some options for importing the video.  One of the options was “make DVD of the entire tape”.

I tried it and it works like a charm.  It broke the 60 minutes of video into about 18 chapters and created a menu with preview video.   WOOT!   I’ve got about 15 hours of 8mm recordings from 1992 – 2005.   I’ll be transferring them all to DVD in the next few months.

BTW, I found the brief video project I was looking for :

awesome chorus performance

At this summer’s Barbershop Harmony Society convention and contest, the Missouri-based Ambassadors of Harmony mounted this incredible interpretation of “76 Trombones” and walked away with the contest!   As friend Seth described:

The performance includes about 5 key changes,  concealed foam rubber
instruments whipped out mid-song, and two on-stage costume changes.  The
tag lasts about 16 bars.  Fun stuff.  Be sure and watch through the
enthusiastic ovation to see the stomp which punctuates the whole thing
nicely.  Makes me want to sing in a chorus.

Sugarland and the B-52’s

The Country Music Television awards show was last week, and featured this really cool surprise stage collaboration.   We saw Sugarland perform Love Shack in their Encore last fall, and according to this article, this is the first time they got together with the B52′s on it.   Fun Fun Fun.