It’s So Different – Recording a Christmas Album

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The Spirit of Christmas was definitely present when recording our new CD. It’s not what we expected but it’s perfect!

My husband, John, and I had been talking about recording a new Christmas CD for years. Last year when playing for holiday services and events, I found myself allowing the melodies of traditional Christmas carols to simply expand into varied rhythms, extra measures, new melodic bridges, and completely fresh arrangements or ‘doodles’ as I call them. It was so much fun and we knew these were the seeds for a new album.

Fast forward to this November; it was time to record. With all the separation and turmoil in our world, we wanted to create something full of joy, celebration, and hope. We selected about 30 holiday favorites and put them on notecards, decided which ones would go well together, and predetermined the name of the CD to be, “Joy to the World.” There was something manifesting that felt fun, fresh and unique. I started practicing the combinations of holiday carols and once again, they took on a life of their own. John and I were excited to get into the studio.

The day of recording, we started from the top. One take, then another take, then another. John said, “Amy, I don’t feel the joy. It doesn’t feel the same as when you were practicing at home,” and I was getting tired. After two hours we both felt that recording on another day might be a better option.

As a spiritual harpist, my gift is to sit down and allow the music to simply flow through me. Why was today different? Why was I feeling so tired and frustrated?

That’s when I realized it was time to take a few minutes, go inside, and ask, “Where’s the resistance? Why aren’t you aligned with the music?” All I heard was, “Amy, get out of the way. Amy, get out of the way.”

After about 15 minutes it all became clear. The vision that John and I thought we wanted to create felt and sounded a certain way. However, today, in this space, the music that desired expression was not coming from our thoughts; it was coming through me from a deeper place within my soul. I was feeling tired because part of my energy was trying to hold back what naturally wanted to express. It may sound weird, but this is how I connect to music. As soon as I got my ideas and thoughts out of the way, the music began to flow effortlessly. I sat behind the harp and recorded from the top. Track 1 – done in one take; Track 2 – done in one take; Track 3 – done in one take – and it continued.

When we were finished, John and I looked at each other and said, “It’s so different.” Yes, it was different than what we had expected but sometimes you just have to get out of the way, trust, and allow the music to flow.

-Amy Camie - MU Columnist

Get Amy's new Christmas album here!!

Check out a video of their experiences recording the album here.

*Amy Camie is a spiritual harpist, passionate speaker, gifted recording artist, intuitive composer, inspirational writer and Co-Initiator of The ORIGIN Methodology of Self-Discovery. Her strong classical background allows the music from her soul to flow freely through her fingertips creating highways of sound that awaken memories of wholeness, harmony, compassion, and love.

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