A Note from Quaver: Writing the Quaver Theme – Part IV

by Abby @ Quaver on December 5, 2011

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Welcome to the FINAL edition of Quaver’s peek into the Making of the Quaver Theme Song!

Catch up on the other NINE theme-attempts in Quaver’s first three posts!

Quaver Says: So here we have it!

The winning theme tune. Yes, the champ, the best, the top dog! Quaver Co-creator Dave Mastran and I sat in an office with a keyboard and simply came up with this melody one afternoon, and it worked perfectly! I couldn’t believe it, after all that . . . we finally did it!!

We wanted to have a very strong ‘tag’ in the theme song – meaning that part of the theme could be cut and used in other places, and I think we achieved that. The last part of the tune – which, in the key of C would be G, high C, E, D, mC, mC (try playing it) is used over and over on our website.

If you go to the Studio at QuaverMusic.com, you’ll hear this tag all over the place! When you open QStrum, you will hear the guitar play it. In QComposer, you’ll hear it on piano. If you go to QGrooves you will hear another version, QBackbeat another and so on. You can’t get away from the tag!

There are three people singing on the track. I sing the STUDIO, LABORATORY and WACKY STORE part, because the English pronounce LABORATORY in a completely different way, and only my way fit with the music. When my son sings it, he says: “With a studio, laboratory, Mac and Cheese. . . “ which fits beautifully. I think.

I’ll wait while you try it out. . .

Once the demo music was recorded with a rough vocal track, we needed to have the theme song arranged, which means choosing what style the song would be and which instruments were going to be played. Then it had to be mixed and mastered . . . this called for our friend Tommy Dorsey (No, not the bandleader).

We had worked with Tommy Dorsey before, and we all believe he is amazing at arranging pop and contemporary music. He is actually famous in Europe for his dance remixes (I’m cool at last!). Tommy did a brilliant job of creating a cool but long-lasting sound for our theme tune. At last, we had a song we were proud to play over and over again!

And now, Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you, Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music’s final theme song!

With words, so you can sing along!

Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music for you to explore

With a studio, laboratory*, a wacky store

Where you learn to love music,

Really love music

a Never-ending journey of music

Quaver’s Marvelous World!

 

*pronounciation = luh-boar-ah-tree

Thanks for exploring all these theme songs with us! Good or bad, they were each a crucial step in the creative process, a process we take very seriously here at Quaver HQ. It’s an important part of making music seriously fun!

Quaver out!

 

What do you think of the Quaver Theme Tune? Have your students made up any funny lyrics for the “studio, laboratory, wacky store” line?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Josh Castle December 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Wow! I sound just like the guy singing! Funny how that happens.

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2 Abby @ Quaver December 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Isn’t that funny! So you know the real words, don’t you?

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3 Cathy Smith December 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thanks for the story! I only recently figured out that Quaver says “…laboratory…” in the song, and I’ve heard it MANY times.

I love hearing my students sing along with Quaver every week when the theme song begins!! I hope that they go home with it stuck in their heads. :o)

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4 Emily Lucas December 6, 2011 at 12:51 am

Thank you. That line has been driving me nuts since October when we got our awesome Quaver boxes. I searched all over and tried all kinds of words, but could NEVER figure out that it was laboratory. Now that I know, it seems SO obvious. ugh.

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5 Abby @ Quaver December 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Now you can relax and just enjoy getting it stuck in your head! :)

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