SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — It was a time for historic Bay Area firsts back in December of 1948.
Not only did KPIX 5 go on the air for the first time, but the San Francisco Boys Chorus — who would sing for world leaders and audiences across the world over the next 70 years — was formed.READ MORE: Santa Rosa Lawmaker Proposes Plan For City-Sanctioned Sideshows
To mark the birthdays, the pair came together to create a video honoring both.
“It just gives you chills,” said composer Stephen Arnold of the results.
“It’s a joy for us to sing it”, said the artistic director Ian Robertson
“I think it sounds really. really good.” said 13-year-old Jack Stanley, who belongs to the chorus.
The recording came to birth on the huge scoring stage at a prestigious recording studio — Skywalker Sound which is located in Marin County.
“It’s pretty cool.. I mean it’s pretty big and roomy,” said 13-year-old choral member Zachary Zele.
The recording session took place one early morning, in mid-November.
The Chorus, all dressed in their red sweatshirts, filed into the cavernous room, lined up, and then warmed up their vocal cords. They already sounded like angels.
“It’s just a joy to have the young kids have such an experience,” remarked Robertson.
In the control room, behind glass, Arnold, a Dallas-based composer, sat and went over directions with Skywalker Sound’s recording engineer Dann Thompson.READ MORE: San Francisco Police Arrest Homicide Suspect Hours After Fatal Shooting
“It all centered around 1 basic melodic riff,” said Arnold.
“It’s a really nice song it’s got a great holiday feel.” observed Thompson.
During the recording session, the boys heard a musical track, and sang to it. The song was recorded in layers, sections, and parts. Each “take” was refined until perfect
In just a few hours, it was done.
The veteran sound engineer was impressed.
“They were amazing. They’re so attentive. They take direction,” observed Thompson.
As a gift from us, you can download this song for free. The song’s official title: KPIX & the San Francisco Boys Chorus Celebrate 70 Years
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The free download link to our :60 track is here.