Track 1: Someday My Prince Will Come (Arrangement)
I did this arrangement for my Arranging 2 final with Adi Yeshaya. I chose the song because I was especially familiar with it after a childhood obsession with Snow White. The track features a midi Steinway piano, drum kit, and upright bass sound from Logic Pro X. I recorded the vocals with my Yeti USB mic. Originally I had done harmonies along the whole melody, and then just cut them down to where I thought was appropriate. I included harmonies over the line, “I love you" to make it sound like two people were saying it, like the singer of the lyrics is hoping for.
Track Two: Hot Chocolate Love (Instrumental Cinematic Track)
I did this song for my final in Scoring For Media with Sean McMahon. The song was inspired by a melody I wrote in 2015 that sounded very cinematic. I used it over a scene from the Christmas film, ‘Love Actually’, and it features entirely midi instruments (piano, synths, bells, violins, chimes).
Track Three: Tic Tac Toe (String Quartet)
This song was on my 2016 album, Not Sorry, and remains one of the catchiest and most popular songs since its release. I played an abridged version of the song on midi violins into Logic Pro X, and cleaned up the scores in Finale. I had the opportunity to record it with a live string quartet in April 2017, and we got about four takes in the 25 minutes we had to record.
Track Four: Around Town (Stylistic Track)
I wrote this song originally in early 2016, but it didn’t become a pop/hip-hop song until early 2017, when I was collaborating with my producer, Eric Michael. It’s very simple, and includes what I would call “bubblegum pop” lyrics. I wrote the chord progression, but I believe that my voice is the only real instrument on the track.
Track Five: Someone Else (Original Song one)
This song started with a chord progression in September 2016, which I recorded for a session mostly because I needed to lock down something for the album. There were about three different topics and melodies I had, but I liked this one most in the end. It’s about a boy who I went on two dates with, and then told me “I think this is going to be a long-term relationship”, which really freaked me out, and so here we have this song. All instruments were recorded live in October of 2016 with members of One More Day on bass, drums, electric guitar, and keys.
Track Six: Those Who Wait (Original Song two)
This song went through a lot of transformation, from the original chord progression and lyrical set in September 2015, to a complete content change with Jeff Harrington in February 2016. The original draft of the song was a little unclear and so Jeff and I re-worked the overall concept and it became a song about Sleeping Beauty. All instruments (voice, piano, bass, drums, guitar, violin, cello, and additional keys) were recorded live at McNally in September.
Track Seven: Pretend (Original Song three)
I wrote this song as sort of a hit at myself for not being able to commit to anyone romantically in September 2016, and it has continued to be many people’s favorite. I wanted to keep the arrangement simple, with only voice, piano, bass, and strings (violin and cello). All instruments were recorded live at McNally.
Track Eight: She Looks Just Like Me (Original Song four)
I wrote this song in 2015 as my final assignment in Gary Rue’s Songwriting II class. I was inspired to write the song after I learned that my ex boyfriend was dating brown-haired songwriter who also played violin. Perplexed, I wrote this on ukulele, and recorded it in 2016 with One More Day on bass, drums, electric guitar, and keys.
My recital took place on May 5th, 2017 at 3:30pm in the McNally Smith Soundbite Cafe. You can listen to each separate song from my recital on my website. I wanted my recital to be a sort of “evolution of Hailey” so I split the order by songs I wrote in each of my three years at McNally. My first year, I was very independent, and I released a six-track EP at the end of my Freshman year called Home. I played three songs off this (You, In The Morning, and Home). My second year I became very involved in writing for hip/hop and pop music with Eric Michael and Josiah “Pharaoh” Kakish, so I did a song off Eric’s upcoming project (Fall 2017) and a medley of two of the songs I had done with Josiah off of his album from August 2016, Jakob. The second-half of my second year at McNally I released an album called Not Sorry, which I released on December 9th, 2017. The next five songs on the program (Polaroid Picture, Undertow, Allie Cat, Sober Night, and Tic Tac Toe) are songs from that project. The four original songs you heard above are also on that project. The final phase of my recital was to showcase a new song that nobody had heard, and that’s where you hear “Tease”.