Friends and neighbors of Orin’s, the Ibendahl family, recently celebrated with the oldest daughter of the family, Keaton, as she received her first communion. Her and her younger brother Chapin saw Oddwalk last year at their school – and Orin’s neighborhood parish in St. Louis – St. Margaret of Scotland. They didn’t have any Oddwalk CDs at the house, so at Keaton’s party, Orin and Erin gave her both CDs we’ve done now with GIA (the top two at that link).
Well, a few days ago, Orin and Erin got this cute thank you in the mail!
Is there no sweeter way to fall asleep at night than with the Oddwalk classic, "Jammin' With Jesus"?
Hey Everyone! You all remember our friends over at GIA Publications, right? Our two most recent CDs, and our published liturgical compositions, have all come through our relationship with GIA. Well now GIA has a YouTube Channel, featuring videos from Oddwalk friend David Haas, talking about the upcoming changes to the Roman Missal and a new Mass setting he has composed. Check it out:
We’re off! It should be an outstanding NCYC this year! Our new CD will be there (we’ve even held one in our hands – it is indeed glorious). We’ve got several opportunities ahead to perform, minister, and meet some great folks, and just plain old have fun.
Will you be there too?
Make sure to stop by and see us (and other GIA/Crossgeneration folk) at booth 726 in the “Reign Forest” – we’ll be showing the new “Just Because” video, letting folks try on the new GCDC shirt, and lots more fun. Make sure too to see us perform:
You’ve all seen the cover – or, if you’ve been living in a mayonnaise jar the last few weeks, check the countdown timer in the Oddblog welcome page (or the Oddblog itself), or the pic on our facebook fan page…
Well, here is what the disc itself and the tray (and back of the booklet) will look like for our new CD Alright Now! Thanks to Andrew S. up at GIA-HQ (as well as those pursuing copyrights, proofing, etc.) for some fabulous work! Of course, click on the pics for a closer look.
Crisp and clean!
It's got a UPC code, a catalog number, and everything!
Most of the CD is now mixed, and the files are on their way to Chicago for the last bit of mixing and mastering.
The CD will also include some video – a nice HD movie with the pics Orin’s wife Erin drew for “Just Because You Can” – hopefully (if there’s room), we’ll put an iPhone/iPod ready version on there too. We’re excited to able to include this bonus material on the new disc!
So, our studio time with OddDrummer Rick is going very well. We’ve got good starts on finishing up the basic tracks on about 3/4 of the pieces or so, and we have more time coming up Wednesday and Monday, so things seem well in hand.
Our friends at Popple are also working on a new album in the studio, and are using nifty technology to stream live their time in the studio (as reported in an earlier post). There’s a difference though between their CD and ours. Theirs is being recorded from scratch in the studio, but ours is already mostly recorded at live gigs over the last year or two. So while they’re doing a bunch of singing and playing, we’re mostly doing a lot of listening, and quick editing on the computer, or quick overdubs on vocals, or keys, etc.
This is why we’re not live streaming, even though we could, just the same way Popple is. You’d be rather bored with the whole proceedings. But, just so no one feels a little left out, here’s a pic of the goings on – truly, you could simply imagine it’s a video with the sound turned down, there’s not much difference:
"Wait, can I hear that tenth-of-a-second in the bass line again?"
Or, if you’d rather see an actual video, here a quick sample of Orin adding in some vocals to a never-before-recorded song, “Dance in the Sight of the Lord” – be warned though, it’s just barely more interesting than the above pic:
Oddwalk’s newest CD is coming your way later this fall!
“Alright Now” will be our second CD with GIA Publications, and will highlight our fun and silly (but still mostly sacred) side. “Walk Away Different” (our first CD with GIA) focused mostly on our liturgical music, but did include some of our favorites like “Get It Together” and “For All Time” — “Alright Now” will lean heavily the other direction. Much of the music on it has been recorded from live performances the last few years, capturing that trademark Oddwalk spirit and energy. Some of the tunes on it have been in Oddwalk’s repertoire for years, some are new in just the last year or two!
While subject to change, the track list looks something like this:
Dance in the Sight of the Lord
Just Because You Can
Jesus Is Here
Let the Children Come to Me
May God Bless and Keep You
Oh, St. Joseph
The Cubs Song
Teenagers In My Car
Old Irish Blessing
I’m a Little Teapot/We Will Rock You
Matilda the Gorilla
These Are the Chords to Every Christian Song I Know - featuringPharaoh Pharaoh, Bless the Lord (Canedo), & Lord, I Lift Your Name on High
Jammin’ With Jesus
We’re starting lots of studio time this Friday night, where we’ll do lots of listening, fixing up, and also record a couple of the songs from scratch. We’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the updates, and maybe even give you a “sneak-peek” at a track or two along the way. We plan to have the CD available by NCYC this November.
We’re excited to be able to share some concrete details with you all! Stay in touch, and stay happy!