I had a hard time on Friday concentrating on work, while ideas were percolating about adapting some Billy Joel lyrics to fit our new reality. Once the lyrics had coalesced into a version I was happy with, I couldn’t just leave it unsung — I had to find a karaoke video of the original song to sing along to.
And how could I stop there? I thought I might as well record the adaptation on my iPhone, using Voice Record Pro, with the karaoke piano in the background. (This particular song is right at the low end of my range, so I actually had to change the tune slightly on one line of the verse so I could avoid the lowest notes.)
After several takes resulted in a recording I was reasonably satisfied with, I did get back to work, but then I thought it would be cool to make a lyric video in the evening. This is not something I had ever done before, but I’m always game to learn something new. I tried to use Windows Movie Maker, having used it before for one of my son’s science projects, but apparently it no longer exists in Windows. It’s been replaced by Video Projects in the Windows Photos App. I played around with that, but couldn’t figure how to do it or even if it could work.
I wondered whether it would be possible to use PowerPoint (which I often use for work) and found this really useful page on How to Make Lyric Videos Using PowerPoint. I went down a very time-consuming rabbit hole of trial and error, entering timings on each of the slides, but there seemed to be no way to export what I had. (Not only that, but one can only listen to one’s own voice so many times.) I realized that I should in fact have paid better attention to the web page. The simplest way was to manually advance the slides while using the Record Slide Show button and then to export the recording. Success!
So, to make a long story short, here is my version of Billy Joel’s Honesty, adapted for the current period of isolation.