Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week I found myself on another planet. For 32 hours we poured ourselves out in Sound Arts Recording Studios. When writing a new song, I don't necessarily know what it will turn out to sound like; R&B, rock 'n' roll, Americana, or 70s soul jam. When you gather in the studio, especially in this case, you serve the song. It sounds mysterious, but you play whatever the song tells you to play. None of these songs have ever been played on more than an acoustic guitar, so I had few ideas on what they would really feel like. For the most part, you would have been just as surprised as I was when hearing these songs come to life. Boy, was I surprised.
There is nothing like recording a record. The left brain nearly shuts itself down and all the energy is diverted to the right. The soul takes over. To serve the song you have to feel the song and that's not in a book. The beat, the melody, the structure, the room, the musicians, the food, the drink, the instruments, all serving the song. Every piece matters, yet it can't matter too much. Laid back, but not asleep. On the vigilant side of lazy. It's a mystery, a trick, and a science all rolled into ones and zeros.
In 3 days we tracked 12 songs - a feat of endurance, let me tell you. Potentially, we have 2 more that will just be guitar and vocals. 50+ songs became 17, which became 15, which became 14. We'll see what 14 becomes.
One emotion continued through those 3 days - thankfulness. 148 of you are making this happen. Thank you.
Tonight I will be finishing the acoustic guitar tracks, then moving on to the vocals. The production will transition into the mixing process (where you take all of the different tracks/instruments and make sure they are loud or quiet enough), then send the mix off to be mastered (I'll explain that later).
I can't wait for you to hear these songs. If you have any questions shoot them my way.