From the Chicago Tribune:
“Jim Goodrich, right, and members of the Caroling Connection singing group, perform Christmas carols during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Nov. 19, 2016, in Chicago.
(Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)”
That’s what the holiday season brings…Of warmth and happiness, friends and family, sleepy-eyed children trying to stay awake long after bedtime. The Caroling Connection helps set the mood with quartets and double quartets of costumed a cappella Christmas carolers with the highest musical standards and performance experience to welcome our audiences into not only the season, but connect with the larger Caroling Connection family.
How The Caroling Connection came about
2016 is the first year for The Caroling Connection. After performing for 22 years as a professional Christmas caroler and more, having sung with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and many other musical opportunities from Rock to Opera and everything in-between, it was time. Time to create a group that embodies what I wanted to see and be during the holidays.
Starting with the highest standards in music and performers as the foundation, but knowing that there’s so much more to the group and the holiday season itself. The knowing wink of an eye when something seemingly impossible happens, the smile that spreads warmth and joy and just the outright excitement that is the holiday season. Friends and family, joining together in the spirit of the season. Bringing the best holiday entertainment in the Dickensian style with live music. Four or eight singers using their voices to bring cheer. Something special when you’re hoping for it and when it’s least expected. That’s what it’s all about.
What The Caroling Connection does
The Caroling Connection is a quartet of Dickensian costumed a cappella singers who sing four-part holiday songs to provide an almost magical experience to our audience, helping to make holiday memories that last a lifetime. We’re trained musicians of the highest quality with experience to match that add that little something extra when you hear and see us sing. Some of the ways to use us are:
- Caroling at your front door to welcome your guests
- Table to table at banquets or company dinners
- Through a Reception or Cocktail hour
- From store to store while your patrons are shopping
- Throughout your company holiday party
- Perform a set on a stage for events or meetings
- Sing for your family holiday get togetherfor that special something extra
- That surprise that no one is expecting
- …And more
Our goal is to create the atmosphere of warmth, joy and wonder that is a part of the holidays for your special event, party or business that will make a memory for everyone involved.
A Bit of Fancy
From time to time, we’ll post something from behind the scenes at The Caroling Connection, maybe a bit of fun or perhaps a new arrangement of a favorite carol, like this arrangement of Deck the Halls. This was done by our Head Voice, Jim Goodrich and the video features him singing all four parts. Of course, that won’t be the case when the Caroling connection sings it live, but like we said a bit of fun and behind the scenes all at once. Enjoy!
[Note: While serving large video files from your hosting service using WordPress is not the recommended method for many reasons (flexibility, host issues, bandwidth and storage space to name a few), sometimes it is necessary for proprietary reasons. Keeping that in mind, this video shows you how to do exactly that.]
Links to tools mentioned in the video
Transcript from the video
Embedding a large video file in WordPress
If you have a video file over 50 MB, you won’t be able to upload it using WordPress. First, you’ll need to upload via FTP.
I use Filezilla. Once you’ve connected to your Hosting server, on the right side double click the wp-content folder to open it, then double click uploads, then double click the year folder and then double click the month.
To upload the file, click and drag it from its location on your computer to the open month folder and it will begin uploading.
I use Filezilla because it’s a free program and works the same way whether you’re using Windows, Mac or Linux, you can find a link below. Your hosting service will also have an FTP program available.
Once the file is uploaded, you’ll have to make an entry in the database for WordPress to recognize it. I use a plugin called “Add from Server” for that, you can see a link below.
Once you’ve logged in to you WordPress site, on the left hand side of the dashboard, hover over Media and click Add From Server. This takes you to a new window and you’ll see the uploads folder is one of the quick jump destinations.
Click that and you’ll see the file you just uploaded. Click the checkbox for your file and then click import.
When it’s finished importing, you’ll get a success message and you’re ready to Embed your video.
To do that, hover your pointer over Posts or Page Click add new, title it, then click in the content area and click the add media button.
The insert media window will open, click the file you want to embed. Information about the file will appear on the right side and in the lower right double check that the Embed or Link dropbox says Embed Media Player.
Click the Insert into post button. The video is inserted.
Click the publish button on the right and the embedded video will be saved. Once it’s saved, click view and you will see the embedded video and you can click the play symbol to check that it’s working.
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.