First of all thanks to all for your contributions to the In Deep Music Archive GoFundMe campaign, we’ve made it to about half of the Phase Two goal. More updates when I get a minute. What happened today? Well, every day in the studio is an adventure and we began by trying to figure out what to do with the intro to one of the songs that we were working on the day before. This is where having a range of instruments comes in and I’d been investigating the instruments that Jason the studio owner had hanging in a room. One of them was a Dan Electro baritone (tuned with the bottom string to C). Sometimes the last thing a song needs is another guitar or a keyboard, it just wants something different, and a baritone is just that, still a guitar but different.
Another song we worked on today turned out to be quite glam, it must have been the fact that I was wearing a T. Rex – Electric Warrior shirt. The song was quite simple, up-tempo, and ended up being one of the most time-consuming, it’s often like that. Those harmony guitars are so cool, a mixture of perfect and absurd. On another song I imagined Olivia accompanying herself on multi-tracked violins. Block multi-tracking of the violin with all root notes and harmonies, strings make for beauty and emotion, the violin – and Olivia – are secret weapons.
Other secret weapons we have in the studio are two Vox AC30s from 1964, three Fender amps, a Super Reverb from 1963, a Deluxe from 1964, and a Deluxe Reverb 2 from 1982, plus two Marshall heads, a 20W and a 50W, both from 1972. We also have humans – Todd Fitzgerald is engineering with Braedyn assisting and Fred’s amazing guitar collection and his songs, it all adds up to something great.
For me as the producer and guitar player, the days have little space for anything else, that’s why there are shorter blogs and although I could share more secrets of the project, we should wait till the project is done and share them then.
Music today has of course been following the T-shirt model and T. Rex‘ Electric Warrior (1971) is a regular choice, doesn’t get old.
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