Up early today. 7.15 AM because it was studio at 11 AM, but I also had two seshes, one with Bob in Boston at 8 AM and one with NJ Brian at 9 AM. Seshes continue even if I’m in the studio all the time, they just happen in the mornings before I start instead of the usual early evening. Exceptions aren’t usually this early, but I did manage to get to bed before midnight to make it possible. The jet lag and time change have made my hours different from the usual 4 AM bedtime, I should probably make a record with Keef.
We took a different route to the studio today, weaving in between old Minneapolis factories instead of hitting the freeway. Every time I see a building like this, I think Archive – In Deep branches throughout the world. We pulled into a parking spot right outside the studio and walked in for the last time, Todd the engineer opened the door and we headed to the control room. Jason the owner was running around and working in the smaller studio. We had sung a song the day before and today we were starting with comping the vocals – that is, putting the best lines together. Then harmonies, looking at the arrangements and getting a decent rough mix to get direction for the final mix.
It was the last day today and consequently the longest, 15 hours of getting everything finished. We’re mainly here for lead vocal and harmonies but getting a grip on the arrangements and the dynamics of the songs tell us what the songs need from us before we let them out into the world. We took some pics of the nerd gear, two fifties U 47 microphones, Jason’s guitar wall and the mixing desk, preserving the memory of being here in The Terrarium in Minneapolis for the second time this year.
Music today has been Stealers Wheel’s debut album (1972). It came up today in conversation. This was Gerry Rafferty’s band before he went solo and most people of a certain age are familiar with the song Stuck in the Middle with You. The video featured not Rafferty, the song’s singer, but Joe Egan, his partner in the band – Rafferty had already left the band when they made the video. The song was a Top 10 or Top 20 hit around the world. A version on Top Of The Pops had Gerry Rafferty miming as the lead singer.