Friday, April 09, 2010

tunage plea

I'm working on a project. This should come as no surprise to those of you who know me because I like projects. You may also know that I have no problem at all asking for help with my projects!

This particular project is going through all of my pictures of baby's first year. I'm taking my favorites and putting them into a movie for the grandparents. (It's actually for anybody who would like to see it, but we figure the grandparents will be the only people who can stand to look at a picture slide show for an hour and twenty minutes...)

I've gone through the pictures several times and deleted and deleted and deleted shots. But I'm done editing shots; I don't want to delete any more. (Remember, neither Stephen King nor I excel at brevity.) The next stage of this process is a soundtrack to play behind the pictures.

The soundtrack is as important as the video. I want songs that reflect baby, which is hard for three reasons: One, because not many people have written songs about sweet baby girls, so we're having to be creative in thinking of sweet songs or songs about girls that will be appropriate (Thus Jay-Z's "99 Problems" was nixed for this particular project.). Two, because baby has only been on this earth for a hair over a year; let's be honest, she's not done a whole lot. Three, because nobody wants to listen to an hour and a half of children's songs. (Trust me on this one!) So I'm trying to intertwine "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Jesus Loves Me" with Eva Cassidy ("What a Wonderful World") , Tom Petty ("Wildflowers") and Jimmy Buffett ("Brown Eyed Girl").

I've not started actually matching up the video to music yet because I want to get a list of songs that I want to use first. This is my first big project with iMovie on the Mac, and I'm not sure how easy it's going to be to actually scoot the songs around once I put them in place. (It's not at all easy to move pictures around once I've moved them to the project, so I assume it'll be equally not as easy for the music portion... although I could be wrong.) This is why I want my list together before I delve into it.

This is the part where I confess that my mental musical database falls terribly short and I beg you to help me come up with song ideas. Maybe as you're reading this you're thinking you know exactly the right song I should use. PLEASE put any song suggestions in the comments section. I really don't want to have to defer to "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" or "There's a Hole in my Bucket" to fill the space...

Please help. Put your song suggestions in the comment section. Thank you!


Kelly Hill said...

I definitely think you should use Brown Eyed Girl! And here are a couple more I really like. I'll let you know if I think of any more. Good luck!

My Girl by The Temptations
Smile by Uncle Kracker

~lifedramatic~ said...

Oh my goodness... I've been meaning to write this forever... First, I'm so bummed that you aren't posting more pics of the little cutie pie. But I completely understand. If you are so inclined, please clue me in on the picture website. I think you still have my email... charlenejensen (at) cfl (dot) rr (dot) com ... Now, for the songs... Definitely this one...

Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle

Then lessee...

My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
In my daughters eyes by Martina McBride
I hope you dance by Lee Ann Womack
Miracle by Celine Dion (Most of the entire album 2004)


Wind Beneath my Wings by Bette Midler
Till there was you by Rod Stewart
Can't smile without you by Barry Manilow

Good luck!


Cerulean Bill said...

I guess the Ride of the Valkyries is out?