Monday, November 30, 2009

What’s What

I promised some Q and A. I don’t want to bore you to tears, but here are some questions I get all the time.

Q. Can I have the sheet music to your songs?

A. Not right now. I’m sorry, but I didn’t have time to write them all down. I need to be careful how I talk about this one, because I definitely don’t see eye-to-eye with y’all on it. Some people think that if I put out sheet music, I would get super rich from all the people buying the sheet music. I am afraid there is not a lot of money in sheet music. For one person that buys it, all her friends will then copy it. Secondly, it has never been my dream for everyone in the world to be able to play my music. It has been my dream to hear my music performed by people that I love to listen to. That doesn’t mean that I don’t love you, or that you don’t sound great. Someone asked me last night, “Isn’t there just a program where you play it in, and it just prints out sheet music?” The simple answer is yes, but the real answer is no… it is not that easy, and it takes me about ten hours to transcribe a song in a way that I think looks good. I am exploring avenues to get some of the music transcribed, but it is just not my top priority at this time.

Q. Is that you singing on the CD?

A. Haha! Did it sound like me? Okay… there are no stupid questions. A lot of people have even asked me if there is any singing on the CD. The best way to know for yourself, is... listen to the CD. If you read down through the posts here, I feature all the people who performed for me. I am not sure why the confusion, but the CD is made up of thirteen tracks. Ten of the songs are original songs that I have written. One of those is just piano. The other nine are songs with vocals. I asked some of my favorite singers to sing the songs. I played all the instrumental parts, with the exception of Shelley Johnson’s lovely cello. I sang with the background singers on two of the songs, but I am quite positive you will not be able to pick out my voice. In fact, I made really really really sure of that.

Q. Did you actually write Did You Know? or did you just arrange it? Because I already have it on another CD I purchased. (Strangely, I get this question about several of the songs that I wrote on the CD).

A. I am glad the song sounds familiar to you, but I am afraid you must be mistaken. I did indeed write the words and the music. “Did You Know?” did not start out as a Christmas song. I wrote verses two and three for one of my boys to sing for my son Dillon’s baptism when he was eight years old. The first verse I added a couple of years later so that a children’s choir could sing the song for a Christmas concert. All of the songs on the CD, with the exception of “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night,” and “In the Bleak Midwinter” are written entirely by me. For those three traditional carols, I wrote the arrangements that you hear on the CD.

If you have questions you would like to ask about the music or the CD, please feel free to ask in the comments section. I have a little sarcasm problem, for which I am seeking help, but I promise to control it and respond with a nice friendly answer.


  1. I love Dillons shirt. GO GRIZ!

  2. Somewhere in ColoradoDecember 1, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    You always say the nicest, funniest, most clever things about all the musicians on your album, and you make it sound like they are the ones with all the talent and you just tortured them. We never hear from any of them! Do they read your blog? What was it really like for them? How do they feel about such a unique experience? How do I get to sing on the next album?

  3. I agree!!! I want to know from Tandy and Rachel and Gary, what it was really like to work with Victoria. Did she really make you cry?

  4. And two more questions for the singers… 1. if you had the chance, would you record more of Victoria’s songs in the future? and 2. Tell us something about Victoria that we don’t know!!!

  5. I am curious about your studio. How did you soundproof your house for recording?

  6. I will third the opinion that I want to hear from your singers. They should get their own guest posts. I also have a question for you. I want to know which is your favorite song on the CD!

  7. I agree your singers are amazing! But you obviously have some amazing talent yourself!
    I really Love, Love, Love! this CD!!! It brings such a wonderful peaceful spirit or feeling to our home when I listen to it. The words to the songs are so touching & thoughtfully written. I am also a HUGE fan of Tandy & Rachels voices what a gift! My favorite songs are in no paticular order.
    O Holy Night (a favorite christmas song since childhood) Evening Lullaby, Christmas Dream, Hush, In The Bleak Midwinter, Mary The Mother. I also enjoy the others songs but those are my favorites. Normally on most CD's I only like 1 or 2 songs so I am Soooooooo Glad this exceeded my expectations. Also besides having talent yourself you are exceptional at recognizing amazing talent in others. Thank You For an amazing CD!

  8. Somewhere in ColoradoDecember 2, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    I love all the songs too, but my very favorite is The Gate!

  9. I have always loved "Mary, May I Hold Your Little Baby?" and I have always loved Michelle's voice. There is also something about Elder Pfile's voice that is beautiful and touching. I would also like to know which is Vic's favorite, and what the singers thought about doing the cd!

  10. I would be interested in hearing more about how you set up your studio. I was looking through your other blog to see what you did. You got a very studio sound from your virtual studio. It must have taken a lot of research, or trial and error to come up with the right setup. Congratulations. What did you see as the pros and cons of doing your own recording, vs. going to a studio? I can't believe you did all your own arranging, all your own mixing... you even put in all the instrumentals yourself. I don't know if people even realize that what you did is next to impossible. You are pretty amazing, you know, Victoria? If your singers were too traumatized by the experience (they haven't confirmed or denied), I will be happy to step up for you next time around.... is there a next time around?

  11. I didn't realize that you sang on the cd in the background. How fun!