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Sunday, December 15, 2019

The full story behind Tracy Shedd's "How Your Eyes Affect Me"

This coming Friday, December 20, Tracy Shedd will be releasing a brand new single - a new version of an old song - "How Your Eyes Affect Me," which was originally released on Shedd's EP88 (Eskimo Kiss Records) in 2010.  EP88 was Shedd's first collection of songs that the classically trained indie pop pianist had ever written or performed on piano.  Prior to, Shedd had been playing and writing all of her music on guitar; until she was given an opportunity by Tucson AZ radio station, KXCI, to perform a few holiday tunes during the winter of 2009, when she bought her first piano to play a few jingles on the air.  The ultimate result of that purchase was EP88, including the song "How Your Eyes Affect Me."

The following year, Tracy Shedd and husband / band-mate, James Tritten, decided to embark on a US Tour as a duet; leaving out a live bass player or drummer.  Instead, they used a drum machine app from their iPhone to create a beat, while both played electric guitar; adjusting their delivery of each song to fit this new arrangement.  On December 2, 2011, the couple performed at New World Brewery in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, and friend, Aaron O'Laughlin just happened to capture the performance on video. Eight days later, O'Laughlin posted his video recording of a more upbeat drum machine driven version of "How Your Eyes Affect Me", which would end up serving as the main inspiration that motivated Shedd and Tritten to start their electronic music project, Band & The Beat.

Fast forward eight years, Tracy Shedd documented a studio recording of that same version performed in 2011, and now the aptly named single "How Your Eyes Affect Me (The New World Brewery Version)" will be officially available on all digital music download and streaming platforms - Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, etc. - for your listening enjoyment this holiday season.   To help celebrate the New World Brewery version of Shedd's classic tune, Aaron O'Laughlin himself made a new music video for "How Your Eyes Affect Me (The New World Brewery Version)" using his original video footage taken at New World Brewery nearly a decade ago.

Enjoy this visual rendition below of the "How Your Eyes Affect Me" story, which includes O'Laughlin's original video recording, plus his music video for Tracy Shedd new single:

Here is the original studio recording of "How Your Eyes Affect Me" from EP88:



Here is a live performance of the original version, performed at The Rialto Theatre in Tucson AZ:



Here is a live performance of the original version, performed in Tucson 12's Television Studio:



Here is Aaron O'Laughlin's original video recording from New World Brewery in 2011:



Here is Aaron O'Laughlin's music video for the new version of "How Your Eyes Affect Me":


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