Lukas 1Cassie LukasSusan LesterAdvanced Composition and Writing18 April 2012 Senior Project Speech Growing up, I watched my Papa (my mom‟s dad) sing country music in the bars everyweekend and entertain people to the fullest. When I hit the age of eleven my Papa realized that Iwas one of eight grandchildren that could decently sing. Coincidentally, at the time he figuredthis out, he was in the midst of making a demo and decided to put me on there where I sang“When I Think about Cheating” by Gretchen Wilson and also a duet with him called “Walkin‟After Midnight” by Patsy Cline. From that point on I was singing in bars every weekend andblew everyone‟s socks off. It was amazing to me at eleven years old that people would come upto me and ask me for an autograph and want to take videos of me singing on stage and takepictures with me. My Papa brought such inspiration in my life through music and has definitelyfilled a huge spot in my heart. For my senior project, I decided to record a demo and sing todifferent genres of music which is a country tune, “I Told You So” by Carrie Underwood and abroad way tune, “For Good” from the broad way production Wicked. The topic of my researchpaper is how much the illegal download of music via the internet can affect everyoneindividually in the music industry.This topic is linked to my career because as an artist, you putso much hard work and talent into the songs you write and then record those songs onto a demofor people to just illegally download my work via the internet instead of paying for my hard
Lukas 2work. I chose this topic because it is the biggest issue in the music industry today. My researchpaper relates to me product because I put myself in the position of recording a demo and howmuch it would affect me and my hard work if everyone illegally downloaded my songs instead ofbuying them. For example, one person could go to target and buy my demo and download it tothe internet for everyone to have and I‟d only be getting paid for the one demo that was bought. Now I am going to tell you about my project facilitator. My project facilitator, CharlesBaugh is a middle school music teacher and has participated in multiple events such as theAtlanta Chorus, performing at the Renaissance Fair and gives vocal lessons at the Peggy StillSchool of Music. A quality I was looking for in my facilitator was there had to be a relationbetween them and music. Also, they had to have the qualities of responsibility, trust and hardworking. Charles fit that spot perfectly, we had a great connection the very moment we met and Iknew from that point on that he would be a great vocal coach. Shockingly, before I started takinglessons from Charles, I took lessons for about three weeks from a lady named Laura Smith and Idid not have that connection with her as I did with Charles so I knew I made the right decision.My project facilitator has been my vocal coach for about a year and a half now at the Peggy StillSchool of Music in Alpharetta.Charles has taught me multiple useful techniques to expand myvocal range. I used to get nervous to sing something that didn‟t sound the best in my vocal range,but throughout this process, Charles has taught me that u could try and sing anything that I wantand that I would have nothing to lose, and I did and I eventually got to the point where I couldmaster those high notes and not get so nervous to try them. Also, if I couldn‟t hit the note that Iwanted to, Charles would make me do a technique that would help me reach the note I wanted.The steps of recording a demo are first, I had to decide what I really wanted to sing on the demoand since I grew up singing country music I decided to mix it up a little and sing one country
Lukas 3tune and one broad way tune. Also, I met with my facilitator / vocal coach every Wednesdaynight for at least thirty minutes at a time, sometime an hour to get these two songs exactly thatway I wanted them to sound on the demo.In addition, while meeting with Charles, I also did gigsoutside of singing lessons such as I auditioned for The Voice in August, I sang CarrieUnderwood‟s version of “How Great Thou Art” at my Papa‟s funeral which was the hardestthing I‟ve ever had to do, I took a song writing class for about a month and got to record my songthat I wrote at the end of the 4 week course and lastly I participated in the school musical Greaseand played the role of Marty. While in singing lessons, I had to learn how to change my mood to„Country‟ to „show tune‟ which was kind of difficult for me because I am so was used to singingcountry music with the “country music accent.”Now was the point in time where I had to find arecording studio. Charles, works with a lady named Linda Uzlac who is a director of the Atlantasymphony, and she has a recording studio in her basement. I got a hold of her and set a date tocome in and record.I met with her at the end of February where I recorded both of my songs inless than 3 hours at the cost of $125. It was very interesting to learn how everything works in therecording studio. And now I have my finished product!Furthermore, there were some obstacles Ihad to overcome throughout these steps.The first time I scheduled a date with Linda it turned outI had a runny nose and a sore throat, so I had to reschedule with her and thankfully she is veryflexible with her schedule.When I went into the studio to record I wasn‟t fully healthy, so it wasinteresting and helpful to learn how to sing „over‟ my runny nose and sore throat, and that is atrait I will always need as an artist. In conclusion, I learned that I am a very hard worker and that I can do anything that I putmy mind to. I also learned that I am good with staying on top of deadlines and getting my workdone at the right time. My communication skills definitely improved throughout this process, I
Lukas 4had to get in touch with Charles weekly and I had to get in touch with Linda to get in the studioand record the demo.I learned that it is very hard to get anyone to notice you in the musicindustry and that it is very hard to „make it‟ in the music industry so I will not pursue a career inthe music industry. However, Music will always be a big part of my life because of how muchmy Papa has inspired me to sing it, write it and play it. As a matter of fact, my Nana was so upsetthat she didn‟t record me singing “How Great Thou Art” at my Papas funeral that I promised herI would go back into the studio with Linda and record it for her to have.I am attending LanierTechnical School to complete my Practical Nursing degree and afterwards go off to KennesawState University in which I will become a Labor and Delivery Nurse. Thank you Judges!! Any questions?