Apr 23, 2013

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (Cover by Gary Song)


I've previously recorded an erhu & keyboard cover of the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. This time we're recording a vocal cover, featuring Gary on the vocal and Justin on the violin.

This cover was difficult to record as it involves 3 persons. And none of us knows how to properly mic up a violin. Also, I know it's so weird that the vocalist is on the left and I'm at the center, well it's also troublesome to shift the instruments around and fitting 3 persons in the frame in a small band room is cumbersome as well. Moreover, Justin sometimes play wrongly as he hasn't completely internalized the song yet. We even changed from sitting to standing position, and I actually felt uneasy when I play keyboard while standing. Furthermore, Justin kept grumbling that his violin skill has gotten rusty and thus the tonality of the violin wasn't so delicate.

And due to deficiency of mic, I had to post record my harmonizing part. But I didn't really cheat because I really did harmonize while playing the keyboard as that gives a more natural synchronicity.

Oh well, I've tried my best in editing, hope everything is at the acceptable standard, including the tone and EQ of violin which I intend to make it more blended.

Well, it's a really really nice song, as I previously mentioned I fell in love with this after someone sang it in the band room during jamming.

If you find the how we arranged ourselves in the video awkward, please enjoy the music instead. Haha...

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 19, 2013

Brooke Fraser - Shadowfeet (Cover by Kirsten Wong & Javin Tham)


I saw her for the first time at Kent Ridge Terminal on a Sunday morning when Emilia and I were going to church, which in turn we boarded the same bus.

Like Emilia, with the same family name of Wong, Kirsten is a Malaysian Christian staying in Eusoff Hall and she's a singer from Eusoff Hall band.

We met each other again when she came to Temasek Hall band room to practice the songs for Rockfest 2013.

And one day after Rockfest, I asked her whether she's interested in recording a cover with me, and seems like she's glad to record covers with me.

This is our first one, Shadowfeet by Brooke Fraser. It's one of those not-so-obvious Christian songs. I find Kirsten's voice very clear and firm. The clarity is quite decent, like she doesn't need a vocal enhancing effect.

It's my pleasure to collaborate with her, and you may expect more to come. :)

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Apr 14, 2013

Taeyang - Wedding Dress (Erhu & Keyboard Cover)


I didn't even know there's a Korean song called Wedding Dress sung by Taeyang released 3 years ago, until I had a chance to learn the dance a couple of months ago for TH Dance Production. Through the unforgettable dance sessions, I felt so connected to the song and wanted to make a cover of this song.

If you've watched the MV of Wedding Dress before, you know why I wore a black vest on a white shirt when I was recording the cover. I included the dance part for the choruses and it's not fun wearing like this to dance somewhere without air conditioning. It resulted in abundant perspiration, ewww...

Well, thanks to TH Dance, that I got to know this song. And I guess the lyrics are quite sentimental, the one whom you love is getting married, but you're not the bridegroom. So sad...

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist