August, 2007

Mix downs

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Mix downs with Tom, Dennis and me. I think we are all starting to realize this CD is coming out better than anyone expected. Its good to see these guys get so pumped. Enough to be willing to argue creative choices. I am very lucky to have these guys on my team.

Now I can sleep, maybe.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Fifteen songs in four days. It went by in a blur, and all of a sudden we were done. Man! I don’t think I have slept for weeks and when I did sleep, I couldn’t get all this music out of my head. I forgot how much work it is to record. I’m toast. And when Tom and me were first working on the arrangements together, preparing for the sessions, forget about it, I don’t think I slept at all. Tracking dates are fun and everything, but not even half as much fun as getting out in front of an audience and playing, that’s what I cant wait for. There is still so much work to do before I can do that.

A very lucky guy!

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

How do you know you’re a lucky guy? You look around a recording studio and you’re actually barely hanging with great players, making music that you’ve loved for years.

How do you know that you’re in over your head? Same answer.

Please don’t burst into flames!

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

So there I was at ten in the morning out in sun light in beautiful surroundings at one of the top recording studios, Castle Oaks used by many of the artist I so admire. In fact, one of my biggest influences and favorite singer songwriter, Joni Mitchell had just finished up her latest CD “Shine

I was about to start a week of recording sessions and many sessions to follow with some of the best and most accomplished musicians on the music scene today. Co-Producer and legendary bass player Tom Fowler, Guitar master Mike Miller, the great Gary Novak on drums, Bill Cunliffe Grammy nominated pianist and Grammy nominated Co Producer and recording engineer Dennis Moody.

I felt like Dracula going out into the sunlight after too long. I didn’t quite burst into flames. But I guess the truth is, for a long time I drove a stake into the center of my love and desire to sing and play music. It was something that I’d lost, and in the past, I really had no hopes of finding it again. I couldn’t quite bring myself to believe it was happening. I was thrilled! I was about to record! I thought about all the people who had believed in me, and the ones who wouldn’t be there to hear the music from me that they’d been waiting for. I became overwhelmed and felt somehow that perhaps their waiting had made this day possible.