I went to bed too late last night and got up too early. I was OK, but it was cold outside, and I had to make some phone calls to some of the musicians on the project, and when I came back into the studio I couldn’t get warm again. I thought, oh no, don’t get sick, but eventually, I warmed up and realised I was just tired. I came back to life as the heating went up, but the weather went from torrential rain to hail to a cloudy blue sky, or was it a blue cloudy sky? The wind howled, thunder rumbled, and the metal sign outside the studio rattled against the wall. It was an exciting atmosphere as if something amazing had happened, like the invention of Cadbury’s Flake or the drum break in Baby Blue.
We started the day with a proper go at the drums on the track we started last night. It was a confusing backing track, it started as an unfinished track that we liked so we rearranged it into a song that worked, with Jason at one point playing psychedelic reggae. We then checked the five drum tracks before we set up for guitars. Brian had brought his ’67 Rick 12 and his ’66 Rick 6, his ’72 Strat and his Epiphone Les Paul. We had to mic up the amps – Sarah’s Fender Super Reverb and Kevin’s Bad Cat. We had to set up the pedal board, the guitar rack, plug all the cables in, fix the talk-back position. All this time Jason was tidying up and John and Sarah were re-routing the patch bay as we switched gears.
Next, get the guitar sound, first song was the Rick 6 and lots of tweaking, knob twiddling ensued, and we were off, back in guitar land and ready to work our way through the tracks. We have until Sunday, but we also have trumpet, sax, cello, violin and keyboards to do. All the musicians have confirmed, still waiting to hear from the lap steel player.
I called Paul Averitt to ask him if we could borrow his Gibson acoustic (Paul will also be doing some backing vocals). He kindly said it would be no problem to borrow it, but it was with a mate – a couple of hours later he arrived at the studio with the guitar. We talked about Bucks, Paul was also in The Volares with him. Kevin arrived to engineer the evening session and also brought two of his acoustic guitars so we have some choices.
Brian wanted to finish a little earlier tonight for which everyone was grateful now the session is up and running, we were all tired out and tonight is the night of a good night’s sleep with the wind whistling in the vents and the leaves of the trees rustling on the swaying branches, it’s somehow comforting as you drift away in the peace of your bed.