|Choristers with Caroline Jones and audio engineers|
Arriving at Avatar Studios, we rang the doorbell and entered the dark blue stairwell with “AVATAR” printed in bright white on the wall ahead and followed the lighted path to the entrance on the first floor to Studio A. The singers felt like stars; special to have been chosen over other choirs to sing “back-up vocals” to Caroline’s arrangement of Do You Hear What I Hear.
|Choristers at Avatar Studios|
With music in hand and shoes off, singers grabbed a water bottle and filed into the all-wood recording studio used by famous recording artists – Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Journey, John Lennon, and Aerosmith to name a few. Singers were instructed on headset use and volume controls. After a few adjustments, they were pros! Caroline was off in another room warming up and our vocal coach was placing kids in position by voice part while I was receiving instruction on a mixer for my own headset.
|Caroline Jones with Mrs. J|
The singers grinned ear-to-ear when Caroline, Mrs. J and I looked at each other and nodded with pleasure! We sat the singers down on the huge carpet square, perfect for a group of twenty-three singers. Caroline sat down cross-legged in front of them and we all listened together as singers nailed each section of her carefully crafted vocal lines. Thumbs up and silent high-fives were seen through the choir as they too nodded with delight.
|Choristers rehearsing at Avatar Studios|
After our mini-song celebration, the singers filed back out to the lounge area to eat lunch and socialize. They were professional and focused at all times and were commended on their preparedness by staff members. Caroline gathered the singers one last time to tell them how much she enjoyed working with them and gave me a bag of CDs for each participant. She also invited them to come to Connecticut in December as her guests to see the light show. Plans are in the works to present an afternoon concert in Greenwich, see the light show and head home. I don’t know how these kids will be able to wait that long!
As singers boarded the bus for home, the warmth of the sun shined on their glowing faces. We all knew this opportunity had been one that would stay with them for a lifetime. Chatter filled the bus all the way home about their day and plans to travel to Connecticut in the future to see and hear the light show. They were special guests of Caroline Jones and had achieved an incredibly high level of artistry today, willing to do anything to make this recording special.
Thank you to Caroline Jones for treating our singers with respect and easing their minds before entering the studio. It was so special for them to perform for her and ChildrenSong will always remember this experience.