This past week in Le Mars, IA the Stangl Family and Rayne Magill were awarded “CD of the Year” awards at the National Traditional Country Music Association annual festival. The awards were presented by Director Bob Everhart and were chosen by the Rural Roots Music Commission. Each award represented a different music category. The Stangl Family received their award for “Telling His Story” as Vintage Gospel CD of the Year, and Rayne’s CD, “Thank You Lord” achieved Home Grown Gospel CD of the Year. Congratulations on being chosen for these honors and allowing Tesco Productions to be part of the process. These awards represent the 3rd and 4th “CD of the Year” awards that were recorded here, and it was a privilege to work with you all. I know you all desire to return true honor to God – who provides each of us with talents and skills as He designs.
This week there was more music recording with the Moore family – three generations of it in fact. What may look like a typo in the header isn’t actually as I once again heard from this music and drama family to make the first recordings for an upcoming production of Cinderella. Kim and her family have been to Tesco Productions several times over the years and I’ve kind of been able to watch her family grow up, and now there was a third generation in the studio. These particular recordings were the launch of the musical portion of the classic tale of Cinderella, with planned presentations at The Salvation Army KROC Center in the Bellevue area next spring. Of course there’s lots of planning and rehearsal for such a large event which will encompass far more participants than just their family, and Kim’s describing it as “rock climbing”. You start up the face, hang on to each foot and hand hold, don’t look back and keep heading to the summit – knowing your Heavenly Guide is holding the safety rope.
Kim brought her talents to the ivories, her daughter Olivia sang one of Cinderella’s songs as a teenager, and her daughter very magnificently rang out a vocal rendition of her own – reflecting a very young Cinderella. There’s a lot more music to come and we’ll keep you posted with pics and news over the next several weeks. Keep a date open for next March to catch one of the performances in what promises to be a delightful presentation of this timeless tale that has more to say than just what may be on the surface.
Every year the National Traditional Country Music Association hosts a music festival which is currently held in Le Mars, IA. Bob and Sheila Everhart head up both the NTCMA and this Old-Time Music Festival the full week prior to Labor Day. This year I have the opportunity to present an hour long presentation entitled “So You Want To Record”. Topics covered will be in two primary categories – preparing as a musician, and what to look for in a recording studio. Having recorded for over 30 years now I’ve seen a wide range of readiness for a recording session or project, and also observed and heard about the outcome from various recording situations. A story I never like to hear is a “negative” experience a musician or other client has at any recording facility – as it taints the industry overall. Certainly a major part of having an enjoyable and beneficial time recording is to be well prepared beforehand. A recording setting is quite different from a live presentation and can catch some clients off guard. Knowing in advance how to prepare and what to expect is quite helpful. So hopefully we can address a number of these topics during this time. Down the road I may incorporate this information into this site as a resource for new clients and a refresher for returning ones. It’s important to have a good match between the engineer/facility and the artist/speaker.
So this presentation is set for Saturday, September 2 at 3pm, so if you’re able to attend that’d be great – or come up, enjoy and participate in the week long event that starts August 28 at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars. More info on the festival and the NTCMA is available here.