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Life With Wee People: "A J" the album (Various Artists) is now live in iTunes

Carolyn Tann Starr 2011

Life With Wee People: "A J" the album (Various Artists) is now live on iTunes.

As of this writing, according to iTunes, "Runaway Train" on the "Mama Liz" album is my top song. Since Stephen, the Minion Blur forced my creative hand by requiring I create some wee people theme music so we could crash our hot wheel cars into his train collection in wee people style I find that bit of news very ironic...

That piece of trivia serves to show you that you never can tell where inspiration will lead you. Who knew playing to the whims of a quirky PDD-NOS four year old little minion would trump everything in my iTunes catalog? I didn't see that one coming... bet you didn't either. Now I'm playing to the whims of my Autistic nine year old, Noah, the Net Geek who can watch Tomb Raider all day and is fascinated by Beowulf when not giggling over Kung Fu Panda. Yup. AJ is in Kung Fu Panda. We own two copies (LOL). ;-)

We happen to love Angelina so my kids can have as many copies as they want. If you missed my previous Wordy C dissertation on A J feel free to click this link if you dare. It was a long confession so if you can't handle more than 500 words DON'T CLICK THAT LINK!!! Seriously (I don't want your eyeballs bleeding on my blog - LOL)

Hmm... this is gonna be a long post too because I have to bring everyone up to speed. I am about to answer some Jango Music e-mail. Are you ready? Good. I'm going to the bathroom. Be right back. Go get some snacks and potty too. Seriously (Did I mention this is gonna be a long post? Hmm... LOL).

While working on the Angelina Jolie series (BTW, there are more being created, photographed and filmed) I started playing with the idea of creating a Jazz/RnB/Alternative album to go with the pending "how I create a portrait" YouTubes. My fifth album is different from the rest because although I created the songs on a whim and a dare, I dragged a few adult recording artists along to come play with me on the Ambassadors of Chaos label.

Normally it is just me playing with my kids (and watching them kill my Korg) but I figured it's time I grew up musically and let some talented adults produce me.

This is the part of the show where you discover hubby and the kids are my "go to" people when it comes to filtering my creative moments. The kids more than hubby because I frequently take them everywhere (including the ladies room - LOL). Being produced by a nine year old isn't too bad because Noah is really sweet and thinks of it as a home-school project regarding music is math. Being produced by a four year old is Hell on wheels because he's opinionated and will argue why you have to speed it up, slow it down, change the bloody key, go back to the original or simply delete the offending tracks (usually all of the vocals - LOL).

Um... er... yeah... my kids frequently go into the studio and turn knobs (LOL). They slide sliders, wear head phones and say, "too loud, too loud, no, no, no, no, no" a lot. Collaborating with them can can be fun, however, it's easier with adults - especially when you have people like the Zackschewski Brothers, Jessica Rebecca Klein and Cedric Phatso Tann to bounce ideas off of instead of the delete happy trigger fingers of the learning disabled. BTW, my kids have gifted ears and love music so more often than not they prove to make the right choices in the end. They are direct and to the point when my music sucks. It's kinda refreshing to get honest opinions every single time you need a yes or no.

Stephen participates way more in post production than Noah because Stephen is the boss of everything (LOL). The Minion Blur has demanded a new album. He's planning a shopping spree so we need driving music (LOL). Dude may only get a single this time because Walmart is just minutes away (LMAO).

Did I mention Cedric Phatso Tann is my baby brother? Today is the launch of his professional music career. As usual we all get to keep our day jobs (LOL). Creating is fun. Using social media to create is even more fun. We're all working across a few states so there are times when I will email a composition and simply ask if someone wants to do a remix, vocals, vote to keep or discard a song, etc. ;-)

The next album will hold a few cool remixes of my work, original work from new artists and God only knows whatever else we come up with. I have a movie to score so I can't have this drag on like the last release did (LOL). I am sitting on a couple of tracks now... I'm in jazz mode. I want lots and lots of horns playing...

I was launching two more recording artists on my label today but they kept missing their extended deadlines and I got tired of holding up my other artists/this album waiting for them. Three singles were already in play and I didn't want to release another single, especially since we had so much fun putting the A J project together. We cut four tracks off and launched the final master at 4AM.

Yeah... I work odd creative hours. It's easier to come and go when people are sleeping. Less traffic (LOL).

No boo hoos for the missing four tracks because I started a new music project today and if they behave they'll launch their music careers on the next album (I hope).

Check out the track "AJ" on the sidebar music widget because my next "how-to" portrait YouTube shall play this song. I got the idea from my son Stephen. My four year old believes people should have a theme song...  I am his hot wheel toting theme song writing floor playing Mama who produces music on demented demand for any reason my kids and friends can imagine. The cartoons in my head are pretty demanding too (LOL).

Now I have my poor talented friends doing it because they realize if I can dive in and play in this industry so can they. Who knows what the next album will be like because there's no subject, theme or reason except "lets make an album" (LOL).

Last bit of trivia before I go: Crusado is my nephew Tony's middle name (sister Michelle's son) and also the name of my brother Cedric's new born son.

Do not e-mail me and say the name of my song means "weird cross" in Spanish. I know that. I am not  jamming about a strange cross, I am jamming for both of my gorgeous nephews who share Tony's father's family name (his dad is Frank Crusado). :-)





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Comment balloon 5 commentsC Tann-Starr • March 17 2011 09:08PM


Carolyn, I love that you are expressing your musical flair. Very good.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Thank you, Gary. I just had a midnight pizza on Myrtle Ave in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) with a nice singer willing to work on my next project. I've been home for about 15 minutes so I'm going to try and answer some more e-mail before going to sleep. Big day tomorrow. I have a shot at doing something artistic for a group of kids. That's why I hooked up with Stacey late tonight. She knows that I love working with children. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

C, you always amaze me! Your enthusiasm, love for your family, love of what you do, your passion shines through each project you take on.

All I can say is... WOW! Now I need a nap....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 9 years ago

I like the new footter ;-) 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 9 years ago

Andrea, we're just having some fun. :-)

JPF, so do I. Looking forward to coming up for lunch in April. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 9 years ago

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