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cover art for Tom Mody's album Christmas & Queens Tom Mody
Christmas &Queens
released 2014
songs:
O Come All Ye Faithful
Jingle Bells
Away in a Manger
Joy to the World
What Child is This
Queen of Carols
We Three Kings
Silent Night
Christmas Night
O Holy Night
O Come All Ye Faithful (r)
What Child is This (r)

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Christmas & Queens came about very quickly in the late spring of 2014. It was originally to be an instrumental and holiday gift to family & friend as well as an opportunity to build up a publishing catalog. After the first couple tracks were completed it was clear that I had a nice production and feel for crafting these classics in a contemporary manner. I felt I it had an opportunity to do something better than just be a give-away. I approached my daughter Antonia and her friend Aria who are skilled and trained youthful vocalists about singing some tracks on the CD and trying to sell it for charity. Over the summer the girls put in what time they could committing to 6 tracks and I completed the album with instrumentals. I also wrote two original tracks featuring each on of the girls, though I have to say that Aria's track, Queen of Carols really became something special. Not just because it fit her theatrical and dramatic style of performance but also it allowed me to fit in an accompany male vocal track by Alan LoPresti to greatly enrich this grand song.

Recoring with the girls wasn't always smooth. They were often distracted in their phones or goofing around. And at times conscious of what their peers would think. But vocally they delivered with 2 voices that fit magically together. The CD's were sold through the holiday season county wide with profits going to our local SPCA and Roots & Wings outreach. The girls also performed songs from the CD at their winter recitals.

This project was by far the most heavily promoted product I've ever produced requiring dozens of pieces of artwork for social media and press culminiating what at times felt like a full time job for 8 months. But in the end it was also the best produced musical project I had created at that time. I can count on 1 hand any spots of quality issues, achieveing a nearly perfect product given my limited resources. Working with your child is never easy and this was highly contentious at times, but she will someday cherish this moment in our lives as I do today.

 

Tom Mody
2014


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