A sesh at 7.30 AM with NJ Brian and back to bed at 9 AM before today’s studio experience. As it happened, I was able to stay in bed till late with a late start of early afternoon as we get close to changing over from the mystery project to the first of various projects in January and February. Engineer Kevin was coming today, drummer engineer John was coming today, Sarah came, Salim came (with a prezzie) and Fabulous Poodle Bob came. The studio hasn’t been so busy for a while, but Christmas has gone, New Year has gone and the Christmas lights that brighten up the streets with stars and snowmen begin to look redundant. Next week they will be gone and all that will be left is beautiful multi-millionaire homes with their manicured lawns and no life.
We were starting the setup for NJ Brian who arrives Friday, but we started getting drum lines connected so we could have one full day of drums for the project we are currently working on – we will continue with this project into February, as Saturday morning we start on NJ Brian’s prolific output and album two before album one has been mastered – that will be soon. On a Brian project, we have violin, cello, oboe, piano accordion, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, backing singers, trumpet, saxophone, lap steel, and the gospel girls – never a dull moment.
I spoke with Blueburst Craig today, he will be doing a live stream next Thursday evening, more on that as I get the details. I also spoke to harpist buddy Patti and partner Mike about swords, Kansas (the place, not the band), and Amyl and the Sniffers – as you do. The sun shone down warm in a Texas sky only spotted with minimal clouds as I paced the pavement chatting in a break. Later when we left the studio, it was spitting rain, a battle between winter and summer.
We finished early, picked up a Thai takeaway, and came back to watch two more episodes of Killing Eve before I got to the writing with the knowledge that another 8 AM sesh tomorrow will have me up at 7.30 and probably in the studio till later on in the evening – a long day ahead.
Music today is the never-ending excitement of Amon Düül II and Yeti (1970). It’s the German 1970s freak scene. Go there, prepare yourself, remember it’s a double album and listen to all four sides from beginning to end, and imagine yourself living in a creative commune with a crowd of like-minded musicians and thinkers. And what about the artwork? How could you not have a vinyl copy of this? This from Wikipedia about the famous cover art (famous to me at least):
The cover was designed by the band’s organist, Falk Rogner, and features a collage depicting the Grim Reaper (German: Der Sensenmann), made from a photograph of Wolfgang Krischke. Krischke, who had worked with the band as a sound man, had died of hypothermia while under the effects of LSD. Rogner said: “When he died I thought that the photo would be a perfect tribute to his memory. He never managed to find his way into Amon Düül properly when he was alive, so maybe his image as ‘Der Sensenmann’ will work as a strange cover image, and he could be remembered as a magical person.
On writing this I just found out that founding member Chris Karrer, guitarist, violinist, and vocalist, has died on Tuesday, January 2nd 2024, aged 76. RIP Chris and thank you, what a fantastic experience your records have been and what a massive influence they have had on my life.