End 2020 on a high note with Wonderland. A Christmas album by John Michael Rose filled with Christmas classics to get you in the spirit of this holiday season.
A Christmas Wonderland...
End 2020 on a high note with “Wonderland”. A Christmas album by John Michael Rose filled with Christmas classics to get you in the spirit of this holiday season.
Following in the steps of 2013’s “Merry and Bright”, “Wonderland” dives into classic carols with a old-school pop and blues feel. Included on the album are standards such as “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and “Winter Wonderlands” and some hidden gems such as “Auld Lang Syne” and “Baby Please Come Home”.
Enjoy this holiday season with “Wonderland” by John Michael Rose. If you enjoy this, please show your support below.
A Pause For The Cause
Recording a full album becomes a full time job. From costs of equipment to the hundreds of hours it takes to record, mix, and master. Especially if you’re a one man crew.
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The Story of "Wonderland"
During 2020, we’ve all found ourselves cooped up at home more often than we’d like. I’ve taken this time to delve back into my music.
From the time I was a teenager until my early 30’s, I was a touring musician. Playing from Paris France to Paris Texas and with multiple albums and appearances under my belt, I ended up stepping away for a more secure future in the modern workplace.
Creating music, especially in the studio became a passion of mine after my first album. Working in a large, full scale studio lit a fire in me I didn’t know I had. I soon started recording full time and even started recording other acts. After I joined the workforce, I ended up parting out the whole studio.
2020 gave me a lot of quiet time to pick it back up again. It was an uphill battle relearning everything after almost a decade of absence. Buying all new parts, microphones, software and instruments. But what came from it, and what I see as a starting point; is “Wonderland”.
“Wonderland” began production in August of 2020. Starting with reaching out to friends who loved my first Christmas album “Merry and Bright”, I was able to compile a nice set list of songs. I had to learn them, chart them, and reconfigure them to my tastes and to mix well with the other songs. Then began the production.
Christmas songs, although simple in sound, are difficult to play and even harder to sing with any success. After more than a hundred hours of recording all of the parts, programing midi instruments, re-composing pieces, mixing began at the beginning of November and by the second week of November the album was mastered. This was all done in-house to save costs and time. And honestly, I wanted the challenge. It will make me better.
I hope you enjoy “Wonderland” as much as I enjoyed creating it. It was worth the time, effort, frustration, and hopefully joy it brings you.
Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy this album along with future projects.
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