But then, she adds, they can now create, record and distribute music on their home computers.
“It’s still being done but in different ways when it comes to making records. Changes have occurred, but the desire to make music remains the same.”
And what of Michelle Wright’s newest album, a live acoustic offering titled The Wright Songs - An Acoustic Evening with Michelle Wright?
Wright says doing a live acoustic album was a daunting prospect and she asked herself more than once if she really wanted to do it.
With a live recording, as opposed to a studio recording, you have to leave the imperfections in. She adds “pitch can be a problem for example.” Another challenge for her was, since it was a live recording, she had to concentrate on the music and not run all around the stage as in a live show.
Overall, Wright is glad to have done it and adds she learned a lot about herself. “I hope the fans really enjoy it,” she says.
Ah, Michelle, we all know that it will prove to be the “Wright” move!
Mark Masri is another of our country's top vocalists who truly shares a passion for Christmas and its traditions.
Speaking recently from a stop on his highly successful American tour in Boise, Idaho, Masri admits to loving this time of year: “Putting together a show like this for Brock, it’s enjoyable for me, because I grew up with the music. Music was such an integral part of the holidays for me and still is to this day. I love it!”
But what Christmas music appeals to Mark Masri? “My listening tastes are so diverse,” he replies, “I tend to go back to the more traditional Christmas songs like "O Holy Night," "I’ll Be Home For Christmas" and "White Christmas." Those are the songs that stir up the holiday emotions, if you will, for me.”
He adds while many artists do new takes on familiar holiday classics, “I personally, for my own listening pleasure, tend to be drawn back to the more traditional recordings we hear year after year on the radio; those timeless recordings that set the mood not only because they’re Christmas songs but because of how they were recorded and their sonic quality. I think that’s a lot of it, too.”
It really comes down to one thing: heart. You can tell when there’s a lot of heart in it or not. Masri adds “You get a sense of heart with those original recordings, the ones we’ve been listening to for years. That’s not to say new artists don’t hit the same chord with me - there are lots of recordings done in the last number of years - but I think it all boils down to heart and whether or not they’re in the spirit of the season when that artist makes that album or is it just an exercise in commercialism.”
To be sure, Masri’s album A Christmas Time With You hits all the right notes, with clever arrangements and that unmistakable voice that the Boston Globe describes as “...me
lting the hearts of female audience members like warm chocolate.”
His undeniable good looks don’t hurt, either.
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