Books, Music

Stay: An Original Song

July 14, 2010
Hey, everyone! Guess what I have for you? A new song! Hopefully you’re all as excited to hear it as you were with “Beautiful Sea” and hopefully you love it just the same, if not more. 🙂 I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful support you have all shown me!

The song is a short little ditty called “Stay” and was inspired by Gayle Forman’s beautiful novel, If I Stay. I absolutely LOVE this book and I think it is breathtaking. I can only describe it with five words: beautiful, amazing, breathtaking, heartwrenching, and romantic. The day after I finished reading If I Stay, a friend let me borrow her old microphone and I was fooling around with it and GarageBand. Before I knew it, an a capella song was born.

Side note: for those of you who may not know, “a capella” basically means without music in relation to singing. So, an a capella song is one where it’s just vocals.

The melody came first and as I made up lyrics on the spot, I found them to reflect Mia’s situation in If I Stay. I stopped singing and took a few minutes to properly write the lyrics. After revising them to fit the melody, I set to work recording it. Another idea popped into my head and so I spent an hour trying to execute it. The idea was to make it a song with harmonies. This resulted in having to layer a few different vocal lines overtop each other.

Sorry for the long-ish explanation, but if you’re still reading, thank you! I am so excited (and nervous) to share “Stay” with you all and I honestly thought it would be the death of me. Because of having to record each of the three layers separately, it took me over 10 tries to record a version that not only sounded good, but one I liked. Still, some of the cut offs aren’t perfect, but who likes perfect, anyway? 🙂

Okay, before you all die of boredom, here’s my new-ish song, “Stay”! Enjoy!

If you would like to link to the post on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc…go ahead and do so! I have no problems with that, but please do not rip the song and spread it around the internet. Thank you!

*”Stay” is an original song written, recorded, and performed by myself. The video was made with Windows Movie Maker using a photo taken by me and the cover image from Barnes and Nobles’ website.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Blueicegal ♥ July 14, 2010 at 2:14 am

    i love it DJ!!! it made me sad, i can envision it inside Mia’s head, thank you for sharing manage to blow us away as always PS i gave her the link, keep up the great work!:)

  • Reply Kelley Vitollo July 14, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Wow, DJ. That is incredible. I’m very impressed. I think its perfect for the book and just as beautiful.

  • Reply Milka July 14, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I loved it! You are really talented. I loved ‘If I Stay’ and I think that the melody and the lyrics fit perfectly to the story the book tells and to Mia’s thoughts etc.

  • Reply gayleforman July 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Wow, wow, and wow!
    You have a lovely voice.

  • Reply Erika July 15, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Oh My GOD!!! I loved it!! That was so cool that you made a song to what you felt!! made me a tad depressed, but that is what makes the music great I could relate to it and messed with my emotions!!

  • Reply seaheidi July 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Another gem, DJ. 🙂

  • Reply Violet July 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Excellent work! Lovely lyrics! Well done! 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey July 31, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Awesome! I love it!

  • Reply Charlotte August 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    This is such a nice song. I haven’t read this book yet, but if it’s half as good as this song I will definitely be buying it.

  • Reply Anonymous September 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    can you please make me a CD?! i love this one too! amazing amazing amazing!
    ~mel

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