When I was a little girl, my daddy worked for a local radio station. He was a jack of all trades, which included writing and performing commercials.
One of his clients was Heidi's Bakery, a lovely shop of birthday cakes and various other sweet treats. In trying to get across the concept of sweetness and goodness, he hit upon the idea of having me, then aged three, talk about how much I loved the cakes from Heidi's.
He sat me down on his knee with a microphone nearby and began asking me questions about cakes and Heidi's and celebrations - anything he could think of to make me say the words he needed for his commercial.
Yesterday, history sort of repeated itself.
My brother Matt is also in the radio biz and he called to see if he could borrow ZBoy's voice for an IGA (grocery store) commercial. I said sure, and yesterday afternoon he came over to tape the commercial.
I'm so sorry I missed this - I was at work trying to take care of loose ends before the Fay arrived to blow us off the satellite. However, this morning, I discovered the "work tape" on my computer and listened as Matt talked ZBoy through it.
The recording started with a little bit of an explanation to Z about what they were going to do, to which he responded, "Oh, yeah! I've seem my mom do this. It looks like fun!" Then Matt patiently led him through what he wanted Z to say and how to say it. A ham was born right then and there. Especially when Matt tried to get him to say "gorgonzola". It came out "gorgonzilla" over and over again. Lots of giggles in the background from Kylee who was visiting. He finally got it right.
If I can figure out how to upload it here, I will because it's pretty funny.
Matt send me a final version of the commercial and it's great. Reminds me of the good old days!