If you're following me on social media, it should be no surprise that I'm working on recording a Christmas album (to be released on Thanksgiving day!)
So after my 5th night in a row of burning the candle at both ends with self-employment and putting this little snowflake of an album together, I deliriously found myself at a local craft store this morning.
There is nothing like walking into a craft store in late October.
It's decked out for Halloween, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas - simply magical and horrifying all at once.
I hadn't been to a craft store in forever so I milled around totally slack-jawed at the amount of craft-crap there is out there.
But don't worry, I snapped out of it real quick and got down to business.
I asked the first employee I came across, "What makes the perfect Christmas noises and sounds here?"
"Umm... Bells?" he replied.
"Perfect. Show me your bells!"
A sudden calm washed over me as he walked me over to the kid's craft section. I channeled my Inner Noise Obsessive Compulsive.
[Note: My housemates think this is one of my endearing qualities. Sometimes.]
I shook every bag of bells in the entire store.
I got to work hunting for the perfect resonance, ding, texture, rattle, and ring.
It took about 12 minutes total. I'm sure the employee in the next aisle over thought I was crazy.
I debated the bag in my left hand vs right hand for about 3 minutes alternately shaking them one at a time with differing velocities.
Then I found the handbells...
I might've yelled out loud, "My shiny little friends!"
I don't remember, I was too excited.
These christmas "decorations" had some pretty great little tones. I lined them ALL up in a row. Whipped out my iphone chromatic tuner and started measuring the pitch of each one.
I settled on the bell with the closest pitch to an E8.