92 Keys

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Background

The video for this Violin and Piano Cover represents some firsts for us. First Christmas song. First song we wrote above 150 beats per minute. First time I've ever worn a bow-tie. And the first time we had the opportunity to work with the lovely and talented Crista Guthrie. It's amazing to me what everyone on our team brings to the table and Crista is no exception. From the moment we first made contact, she didn't hesitate to explore this idea with us.

Like for so many other people, this song has been top of my list of Christmas favorites for as long as I can remember. And as far as 92 Keys is concerned, this is the first song I arranged from scratch for this group. Was just so excited to finally do it! Had to get it out of my system before working on any of the other pieces.

Can you hear three other songs which are embedded in this arrangement? I'm sure most people will pick up on one of them, but if you can hear two of the other embedded songs, then that really is amazing. You can now call yourself a music nerd. Congratulations!

Writing this Christmas arrangement Violin and Piano started in April and now here it is in its final form as the final 92 Keys song of 2015. This has been an incredible year of learning and growing for all of us, me especially. Thank you to all of you who have supported us. It means more than you probably realize.

-Trevor Loucks

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Carol of the Bells Credits

Music

Arrangement for 92 Keys Created by: Trevor Loucks
Violin Written and Recorded by: Crista Guthrie
Piano Written and Recorded by: Trevor Loucks
Produced by: Stephen Anderson
Recorded and Mastered by: Blaine Johnston

Video

Director | DP: Zachary Johansson
Technical Engineer: David St. John
Makeup and Wardrobe: Danielle Maxwell

Location

Thank you Stillwater Hollow in Nampa, Idaho for allowing us invade for two days of filming. In addition to being an excellent spot for cinematography, Stillwater Hollow is also an amazing location for weddings and other events and is run by extremely passionate individuals looking to build up the community around them. Their website is http://stillwaterhollow.com.

Special Thanks

Brianne Gray • Dee Sarton • Debby Brunel • Phyllis Tincher • Candi and Jesse Zappia • Frank Loucks

#violin #piano #christmas

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Thank you to Chloé Trevor for all the work put into both recording the song and then filming.

Check her out!

https://92keys.io/chloe-trevor-youtube

She also has a phenomenal Halloween video performing Danse Macabre:

https://92keys.io/chloe-trevor-danse-macabre

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Wow, this was our first video in two years. It’s so nice to be producing new content again! And it was really fun working with Chloé Trevor on this Rolling in the Deep video.

I traveled down to Texas a few weeks before this video released to film with Chloe in the hot desert sun on the west side of Austin. As you can see in the video, we filmed both during the evening and at night time with a fire tech crew. That was very cool having explosions behind us!

We worked much later into the night than we had anticipated and boy was I dehydrated. Every time they shot off the flames we could feel a wave of massive heat hit us so that made it even more interesting filming each take.

Thank you to Chloé for being willing to work with me on this song and video. Chloe is incredibly busy as a concert violinist, in demand for performances with orchestras worldwide, so it was definitely a pencil in thing to get this video produced!

“Spring of Fire” is filled with energetic and fiery arrangements. This video was the perfect pick to launch the album with, I love how it just starts at max energy with no build up. It’s like bam, hello!

-Trevor Loucks

Rolling in the Deep Credits

Music
Arrangement Created by: Trevor Loucks
Violin Recorded by: Chloé Trevor
Violin Written by: Shane Mickelsen
Piano Written and Recorded by: Trevor Loucks
Produced by: Stephen Anderson
Mixed by: Giles Reaves

Video
Director | DP: Adam Grumbo
Edited by: Adam Grumbo
Fire tech: Big Dog Pyro
Production assistant: Bobby Fredrickson
Photographer: Priyam Mazumdar
Makeup: Ruth Illera

Location
Dripping Springs Ranch Park, Texas

Special Thanks
Jack Whitby (for providing the piano), Lynne Dickinson (park coordinator), Dripping Springs Fire Department

#adele #violin #piano

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Song background: https://92keys.com/videos/welcome-home/

This was such a fun video to film!

I wrote this Violin and Piano Cover a full year before we filmed it. After hearing Benjamin Cooper's Radical Face for the first time and their recording of this song, I immediately fell in love with it. It’s a very folksy and upbeat type of song which is right up my alley. I would actually dare to say this song is the most fun one for me to play at the piano on the “92 Keys” EP.

Now, getting onto the filming. It was no small effort!

About a month and a half before we were scheduled to film I got a hold of the mayor as well as the director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Twin Falls. Didn’t know what their reaction would be to a request of allowing a piano/violin group to film a music video on top of Shoshone Falls. To my surprise they loved the idea! I drove out to Twin Falls and the Parks director was super nice and showed me around the area so we could start to figure out how this would be logistically possible.

It quickly became obvious that the only way we could get the grand piano on top of Shoshone Falls would be by hiring a helicopter to lift it up there. We certainly didn’t have a budget for that! So we went for the next best thing and figured out that we could load the piano up on a pontoon boat and transport it to Pillar Falls which is a few miles downstream from Shoshone Falls. You’ll even see a shot in the video where I’m playing the song while the pontoon boat is driving down the river near Perrine bridge.

That all worked out really nice. And we were still able to get Crista on top of the money shot, carrying a violin is a little easier.

We filmed all six videos on the EP in six consecutive days. This video was the 5th day. So even starting the day we all woke up pretty exhausted. Carrying the piano into Pillar Falls and hiking to the top of Shoshone certainly tested our endurance, but we made it! And for the final product, it was so worth it. Hope you enjoy the scenery!

-Trevor Loucks

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Radical Face - Welcome Home - Violin and Piano Cover Credits

Music

Arrangement for 92 Keys Created by: Trevor Loucks
Violin Written and Recorded by: Crista Guthrie
Piano Written and Recorded by: Trevor Loucks
Produced by: Stephen Anderson

Video

Director | DP: Parker Walbeck
Drone Pilot: Dakota Walbeck
Edited by: Dakota Walbeck
Production Assistant: Corbin Bishop

Location

Shoshone Falls and Pillar Falls.

Special Thanks

City of Twin Falls • Wendy Davis • Dennis the Ranger at Shoshone Falls • Olin Gardner

#violin #piano #idaho

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This video is a mix between two songs (one of them a piece, technically). "Toccata and Fugue in D minor” by Johann Sebastian Bach is what inspired this special arrangement with the song “Uprising” by English rock band Muse.

Before the birth of 92 Keys, I was writing this arrangement for a string quartet, which I still plan to have available one day! But, while working on producing 92 Keys' first EP with Trevor Loucks, I felt strongly this arrangement would add some intense excitement to our track list as a Violin and Piano Cover.

As a classically-trained violinist, practicing the works of Bach is something included in my everyday practice. Thus, I had to include it in this first EP somehow . . . Toccata and Fugue in D minor was originally written for the organ, and many people have arranged it for multiple instruments. It is one of J.S. Bach’s most popular works. One day I had my Spotify songs on shuffle mode, and Uprising by Muse happened to come on right after Bach’s Toccata and Fugue. As I went on about my day, both songs were stuck in my head at the same time because they are both in D minor, and I guess they’re both just really awesome songs that are well worth having stuck in your head all day. As a result, I wrote down what I heard in my head and then Trevor and Stephen Anderson, our producer, continued to develop and polish it.

The video was filmed near Swan Falls Dam. For each video, we– Parker Waldeck, his brother Dakota, Corbin, Trevor, and I– always spent a few hours before “golden hour” scouting the location to find the perfect view. Originally we were going to shoot the video in a desert area just outside of Kuna, Idaho, but there were a lot of litter shells everywhere from people going out there to shoot guns. We drove a few more miles down the road and came across beautiful Swan Valley. We parked our cars and began the next big process: getting the piano off the trailer and onto a flat area near the pretty view.

This was the first video we filmed that week. And, man, was it windy! I was holding on to my bow for dear life save the wind take it away. But, I guess the wind just makes the video even more intense, which is the vibe we’re going for!

-Crista Guthrie

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Uprising on Bach's Toccata Credits

Music

Arrangement for 92 Keys Created by: Crista Guthrie
Violin Written and Recorded by: Crista Guthrie
Piano Written and Recorded by: Trevor Loucks
Produced by: Stephen Anderson

Video

Director | DP: Parker Walbeck
Drone Pilot: Dakota Walbeck
Edited by: Dakota Walbeck
Production Assistant: Corbin Bishop
Production Assistant: Jeff Stiles

Location

High above Swan Falls dam in Kuna, ID

Special Thanks

The wind. For making everything harder during filming. :p

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Song Background – By Trevor Loucks

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What a great song this is. It has an interesting history starting from when it was first written for the indie film “Once” in 2006. It took several years for Falling Slowly to be noticed but would ultimately win an Academy Award for best original song for a motion picture in 2008. Well deserved! If you’ve never seen the original performance of Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová at Walton’s Music Shop in Dublin, you should. YouTube.

Irglová’s acceptance speech at the Oscars was almost skipped over, she was ushered off stage before she could say anything, but nice guy Jon Stewart brought her back out after the next commercial. Her speech was great:

“Hi, everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this, it’s just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much, who helped us along the way. Thank you.”

The part about hope is especially true. If you’re a fan of the instrumental music world you’ve probably heard about Annie Schmidt, Jon Schmidt’s daughter. Jon is the pianist for The Piano Guys. Annie went missing over in Oregon about two weeks prior to this Falling Slowly video being uploaded. We have followed closely the very sad turn of events after the intense search in Oregon turned up nothing. And now the Schmidt family is left to deal with very intense grief and sadness.

But there’s also hope.

One of the first songs we did as a group with 92 Keys dealt with the tragedy of losing a child, Jordan’s Song (https://92keys.com/videos/jordans-song/). That song and video was created with the same idea of hope that someday the Zappia and Maxwell family would see Jordan again. I know the Schmidt family has the same faith and hope of seeing Annie again.

We can’t wait.

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Falling Slowly Credits

Music

Arrangement for 92 Keys Created by: Trevor Loucks
Violin Written and Recorded by: Crista Guthrie
Piano Written and Recorded by: Trevor Loucks
Produced by: Stephen Anderson
Recorded and Mixed by: Giles Reaves

Video

Director | DP: Parker Walbeck
Drone Pilot: Dakota Walbeck
Edited by: Dakota Walbeck
Production Assistant: Corbin Bishop

Location

Silver City, ID.

#violin #piano #weddingmusic

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Song Background – By Crista Guthrie

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This Violin and Piano Cover is a medley of “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies. Why not mix oldies with something new? Unfortunately while recording we did not get to roll around in actual sugar (the sweet grain), but we did score on a magnificently beautiful location! This video and “Welcome Home” were both filmed in Twin Falls, Idaho. My uncle Kevin had great connections with Blue Lakes Country Club, so we were able to access Signature Hole 6 on the golf course that is right off the Snake River and near the iconic Perrine Bridge.

I fell in love with “Sugar” by Maroon 5 when they first released it, and fell in love even more when I saw their music video where they crashed random weddings and performed. Who DOESN’T want Maroon 5 to crash their wedding?! (Maroon 5 might be tricky, but be sure to let 92 Keys know if you want some fun instrumental music at your wedding!)

I love creating medleys of pop songs and older songs, whether it be from 40 years ago are 240 years ago. When I arranged “Uprising on Bach’s Toccata,” I used a piece from the18th century and one from the 21st, but this time I didn’t go as far back in time and stuck with a late 1960’s song, “Sugar, Sugar,” by fictional band “the Archies.” (Anyone remember the animated TV series The Archie Show?) Also, the title and purpose of the song are pretty similar to Maroon 5’s. Thus, the creation of 92 Keys’ “Sugar."

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Sugar Credits

Music

Arrangement for 92 Keys Created by: Crista Guthrie
Violin Written and Recorded by: Crista Guthrie
Piano Written and Recorded by: Trevor Loucks
Produced by: Stephen Anderson

Video

Director | DP: Parker Walbeck
Drone Pilot: Dakota Walbeck
Edited by: Dakota Walbeck
Production Assistant: Corbin Bishop
Production Assistant: R.J. Idos

Location

Blue Lakes Country Club - Twin Falls, ID

#violin #piano #weddingmusic

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With the goal of encouraging music education, watch as this classic children's song; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, becomes more and more complex!

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-Brandon Loucks
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-Jenita Guthrie
-Tom and Janette Carter

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Song Background – By Trevor Loucks

https://92keys.com/videos/little-star/

Probably one of the most distinct memories of my childhood was smashing the keys on the piano out of sheer frustration. I could not play the piano well nor did I want to play. It was a stupid instrument that no one should waste their time learning. I was not born with the natural gift of music like those kids you’ve probably seen on Ellen, or in the past, Oprah.

After quitting the piano several times and coming back to it, there finally came a point when I was about 14, seven years or so years after the first lesson, where it started to make sense. Finally, the notes on the page started translating to my hands in a more natural manner.

Later, sometime in the middle of my sophomore year of High School I sat down at a piano without sheet music in front of me and to my surprise, was actually able to improv a song in Gb. Playing without sheet music is something I never thought would be possible. Coincidentally, the song that managed to get plucked out was “Amazing Grace” which was also the song I first wrote a piano and violin arrangement for. The seeds for 92 Keys were planted early!

So, it’s probably not hard to figure what the point of this arrangement of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is. With practice, you will inevitably get better at what you’re working to master. For those of you playing bingo at home, that will satisfy the ‘cliche’ box.

But it’s true though, and that can be an extremely difficult concept to grasp when you’re a kid.

I hope with this Violin and Piano Cover we created it will inspire at least one kid out there that it is indeed possible to get better with time and effort, especially for those who like me, don’t have a natural propensity to excel at music. You can and will improve. Keep practicing!

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Little Star Credits

Music

Arrangement for 92 Keys Created by: Trevor Loucks
Violin Written and Recorded by: Crista Guthrie
Piano Written and Recorded by: Trevor Loucks
Produced by: Stephen Anderson

Guest Starring

Violin 1 – Cassidy McDaniel
Violin 2 – Julia Erway
Piano 1 – Ryker Gray
Piano 2 – Tali Hendrick
Piano 3 – Christian Nielsen

Video

Director | DP: Parker Walbeck
Drone Pilot: Dakota Walbeck
Edited by: Dakota Walbeck
Production Assistant: Corbin Bishop
Production Assistant: Jeff Stiles

Location

Huston School, Idaho

Special Thanks

The parents of all the kids! • Allen and Leigh Evans • Frank Loucks • Susan Free

#violin #piano #musiceducation

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Hope you enjoy our violin and piano cover of Fireflies! And if you're Owl City, then we really hope you like it. :D It was such a beautiful location to film this song at (Camas Prairie, Idaho).

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Song Background – By Trevor Loucks

https://92keys.com/videos/fireflies/

If by some chance of success for us, you have enjoyed 92 Keys’ music and have found yourself listening to our songs more than once, well then a big reason for that is because of Stephen Anderson. He produces music at a level higher than most creators and we’re fortunate to have him creating this music with us.

And this Violin and Piano Cover of Fireflies was actually created by Stephen. It’s great to have a variety of arrangers because every person approaches a song so differently. Crista and I create arrangements that are far, far different from each other! The style of the song, the tempo, the mood, the structure of the chords all varies dramatically from person to person.

So here we are shooting this bad boy on the final day of filming for the 92 Keys EP, and everybody is just absolutely and amazingly exhausted. Six videos in six days about killed me. If you look closely (or maybe you don’t even have to look that closely) at our faces you can see the last drops of energy being consumed. After we broke down and traveled back to Boise I collapsed for about 72 hours and barely left my bed. 😮

Absolutely worth it, though.

Out of all the things I’ve done as a musician in the last 22 years, writing music and creating fun videos with 92 Keys is absolutely at the top of the list.

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Fireflies Credits

Music

Violin and Piano Cover for 92 Keys Created by Stephen Anderson
Violin Written and Recorded by Crista Guthrie
Piano Written and Recorded by Trevor Loucks
Produced by Stephen Anderson

Video

Director | DP: Parker Walbeck
Drone Pilot: Dakota Walbeck
Edited by: Dakota Walbeck
Production Assistant: Corbin Bishop
Production Assistant: Jeff Stiles

Location

Centennial Marsh in Camas Prairie. Fairfield, ID.

#violin #piano #fireflies

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We create fun and energetic music for Violin & Piano!

We are based in Boise, ID and we write, arrange, produce, record and film all original content.

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