7-15-20: parting is such deep sorrow
On June 12, 2020, I awoke to find a heartbreaking email in my inbox:
We wanted to reach out to give you the heads up to some changes that will be happening to your account on SingSnap. Starting Wednesday, July 15th, the number of recordings Blue SingSnap Members (free accounts) can keep will decrease from 100 to 5. You currently have more than five recordings, so we're sending you this to give you the opportunity to either retain your recordings or select which five you would like to keep prior to these changes being implemented.
What can I do?
- Log into your SingSnap account, go to your recordings & selectively remove some of your recordings until you've decreased the number to the allowed maximum of 5.
What happens if I do nothing?
- If you choose to take no action, on July 15th, your recordings will be deleted starting with the earliest you have recorded, until you are at the allowed maximum of 5.SingSnap
I was...very upset, to put it mildly. I haven't been around much lately, but this website is what really introduced me to karaoke. I have a lot of memories of it, some bad, most good. And now it was, for all practical purposes, kicking me out. Forcing me to delete all but five of my songs, and banning me from recording any more unless I coughed up quite a chunk of money, which I would then have to pay continuously, or again I would lose all but five songs. And it was doing this to every single blue member.
I had 95 recordings, made over nine years, 2011-2020. After archiving everything and agonizing for hours, I elected to keep the following:
-my first recording, Perfect, December 2011
-my first benchmark song, Skyscraper, August 2013
-one multitrack harmony, Don't Stop Believin', December 2013
-one duet, Whiskey Lullaby, August 2014
-my last benchmark song, Skyscraper, February 2020
And I think, with this, will come the close of my time on SingSnap. I hope the recordings I've chosen to keep demonstrate how my voice developed during my time here, and I hope that anyone who listens to them will enjoy them. The rest of my profile, after the space, is bits of info that I am preserving in case someone finds them useful.
Fare thee well,
MICROPHONES I USED OVER THE YEARS
I used to record everything dry mic, without MMSB or any other effects. This was because I felt that using effects in a contest was cheating, especially since it was locked to gold members only and therefore gave them an unfair advantage. I later changed my mind, when MMSB was given to everyone and I realized reverb was good.
Left: December 2011 - July 2013
Center: August 2013 - December 2019
Right: January 2020 - July 2020
Banners for contests and challenges I participated in and/or won during my time on SingSnap can be viewed in my gallery.
While on SingSnap, I used Skyscraper by Demi Lovato as a personal benchmark song. Every few years I recorded it again and observed how my voice had changed and developed. The original recordings were August 2013, February 2015, September 2015, October 2017, February 2020. Of those, only the first and last one remain. Here they are.
August 2013: February 2020: