Musea E-mail Club #527 Background Vocals

My Musea weekly art contest always gets some great responses. The current winner was Loki from France, who also commented on the Hunkasaurus recordings –

Keep-up the good work, my compliments to the arranger of several of your post-band pieces, I found the voicing between the many lines of guitar and voices very interesting. Cheers.

Loki,  I’m glad to hear you like that.  These recordings are the collaboration of me doing all the guitar and vocals, and my musical engineer Pam Irwin doing the recording. When we started this one-guitar, one-voice 150 song project almost a decade ago, I envisioned just that, one voice and one guitar. I didn’t even think of background vocals. But adding just a little background on one of the early songs helped the song a lot. Soon I found out that Pam, with her decades of experience in recording, had the perfect ear for what’s best in background vocals. I turned that aspect of the recording over to her, and have been very pleased with the results ever since. Glad you were too!

Note that the background vocals are not always predictable, often grow towards the finish of the song, and overall just sound right (take them out and the song sounds a little wrong and incomplete). That’s a tribute to one of my musical engineer’s musical gifts! Nice to see that someone picked up on that aspect of these recordings.

Hear for yourself:

Now out the 5 CD Outside the Box Set,  Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar.

Includes “30” , “Next”, “Thirds”, “Fourths”, and “5-TH”.

Hear them all at

Tom Hendricks

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