1) Sign up in the comments. You can sign up until the day of the concert — December 20th, so don’t worry. The only reason to do it is to make sure that we don’t have ten versions of “Jingle Bells.” If you already know what song you are going to sing or play, tell us. But if five of you MUST sing “Deck the Halls,” then just go for it! We’ll understand. Tis the season…
2) Record your Christmas or Hanukkah or Holiday song. Both Windows and Mac come with sound recorders. You just plug a microphone in. These microphones are very cheap. Don’t worry about sounding professional. You’re a blogger! I will later include the names of some free software that will help you trim the pauses at the beginning and end. If you get a lot of background noise, I have some software that includes a noise reduction filter. I can edit or filter the track for you.
Just remember to watch that you don’t go “INTO THE RED” (or record at too loud of a level) or sound will get distorted.
You can record it in several formats — Mp3 is compressed, .wav sometimes sounds better (but it is a much larger file).
3) Family members can contribute to the music or song, but YOU must contribute for this to be a true Bloggers’ Holiday Concert.
4) It is your song. You can put it on your blog or MySpace. It would actually be a lot easier if you post it yourself than sending it to me. Just give me the link to the post. OR I will host it for you myself. Just send me as an attachment. (I will write more about that later because the file could be very large)
5) If anyone knows more about sound recording, sending audio files, etc., please jump in with your advice.
6) I’m also hoping to decorate my post with photos of your menorahs and Christmas trees, so if you are not contributing a song, please help us making the place festive! We can also use some holiday RECIPES for both Hanukkah and Christmas. I will even allow one or two photos of kittens if dressed with the appropriate Holiday spirit.
7) Any questions? Enjoy!