Holiday Wishes: TAPESTRY expands instrumentation for ‘Greensleeves’Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Husband-and-wife duo TAPESTRY entered new instrumental territory for its rendition of “Greensleeves,” the opening track of “Holiday Wishes.”
Harpist Denise Grupp-Verbon and guitarist Michael Grupp-Verbon decided while in the studio to include additional instrumentation to their usual sound.
Using a synthesizer, the pair added finger cymbals, wind chimes and other string and percussion sounds to the harp and guitar they had already recorded.
“We took a little change from our formula arranging style,” Michael said. “We were originally going to do acoustic harp and guitar; that’s it. Once we got into the studio, bouncing around ideas, we thought we’d go ahead and put together additional arrangements and it just kind of blossomed from there.”
Denise said she is excited about the new direction.
“We were thrilled with it,” Denise said. “We had a lot of fun doing it and it came out sounding better than we hoped. It’s inspired us to start thinking about the possibility of doing an entire Christmas CD of TAPESTRY.”
The duo had already been working on “Greensleeves” when the opportunity to contribute a track to the Make-A-Wish Foundation benefit CD “Holiday Wishes” came up.
“It was actually kind of fortuitous that this was a holiday project because this was something we were working on anyhow, so this just accelerated getting that song put together and ready to go,” Michael said. “It certainly did push us in a direction we were looking to go anyhow, so it definitely was a fun thing to do and we’re very happy with it. This is the perfect place for it to debut.”