What did you get done?
Initially we sat down and listened to the three demos I had sent through previously. The tracks included:
Once we all agreed on that the structures sounded solid enough we began recording the first track. Microphones got set up and instruments got tuned up. Once I put the headphones on and heard the familiar voice of the recording engineer the click track followed. Being only familiar with the analog recording (reel to reel) I all of a sudden felt very nervous, knowing that every mistake I made was going to have to be redone. My hands started sweating, heart rate elevated and I could barely breathe as I was counted in for my first take.
After bombing the line a few times, I was shown how easily things can be fixed in this digital recording era, that helped me relax and get on with business. 3 hours later the rhythm sections and lead sections for the first track had been done and we took lunch. Taking a break and thinking about what had just happened had a rather soothing effect on me. I slowly started remembering the good ol' days and relived a few moments.
After lunch we began working on the second track. Being only one guitar, it was relatively easy to get down. Unfortunately the instrument did have some minor flaws in it which made avoiding the occasional fret buzz unavoidable, but I figured that it was good enough, it is not like I can justify an expensive guitar if this is only a fleeting moment.
Once the second track was done we began work on the third. Time to pull out the heavy machinery! Out came the Peavey valve amp and my trusty Ibanez. I was finally going to get to hear this amp louder than volume setting 1. Turned up half way, after a bit of fiddling on the EQ and the microphones, we were ready to go. Man I missed this! The blazing amp really got me going and I could feel the lines running through me as we laid them down. With very little effort the main rhythm track got bedded down and we decided to call it a day.
I took home a mix of the first two tracks to listen for improvements and while driving home replayed what had happened that day. It was surreal. After getting a great nights sleep and waking up the next morning I felt rejuvenated. It was as if I had taken a three week holiday and I felt like a HUGE weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I thank the Lord for giving me the people to inspire me to get back into this and for the opportunity to revisit this incredible experience.
Album Launched on all digital platforms: 7 Kinds of Strange
Play through of the track 7 Kinds of Strange
Here is a full track preview of one of the songs that will be included in the new album
My initial project has finally launched the album. Pretty excited about it all, finally, there is a line in the sand
Last week friday I received news that my musical mentor and dear friend had passed away. His family asked me to do an eulogy. Having delivered it this afternoon, I decided I wanted to let the world know about the man that had shaped me into some semblance of a musician.
My sincere apologies for being so quiet. Things have been really busy my side and some really exciting developments are under way. So here it is, a long over due update.
Loads of fun and games in the last studio session!
Often we strive for perfection and give little thought to the untold pressure it places on us. This pressure has a significantly adverse effect on our creative ability.