Into the studio today and onto the final violins, finishing off some ideas that Olivia started with yesterday, but we were soon on to guitars and began with acoustics on one of the tracks. We are using Paul Averitt’s lovely Gibson that he kindly lent to us for this session. All was going to plan, we recorded the acoustics on the track and then went to electric guitars – or so we thought. We turned on Sarah’s Fender Super Reverb – nothing. The fuse had blown and we didn’t have a spare. Now it’s time for my advice column – if you have amps, go and buy a handful of 1 amp and 2 amp fuses, they cost nothing and will save you when your amp goes down at an inopportune moment. We weren’t prepared for this, but now we are thanks to engineer Kevin finding some through a Dallas traffic nightmare. Sarah will go and buy some more tomorrow morning – always have spares, unlike Weyes Blood!
We couldn’t continue with the electric guitars because it was our main amp that went down, but luckily we had two more songs worth of acoustics to record, which we did until Kevin arrived, replacing John (tag team). Finishing the acoustics we got the amp working, but it was too close to the arrival of Dave Monsch, our resident sax player (who kindly brought me a vinyl copy of his album). He’s so quick, he was in and out having played the part we needed on both tenor and baritone, so we ordered food. It was a small part, but he still had to play it well, which goes without saying with Dave, he worked it out before he got to the studio – more advice.
Dinner and electric guitars were next, and we put down our first EBow part, always a buzz, literally. We have three days left to finish guitars, keys and piano, pedal steel, backing vocals and the Gospel girls. I’m hoping we make it because when I go to New Jersey in February I want to be able to concentrate on the vocals. After that, we will be done with the second album as we take the first to mastering.
Last night in town for Olivia, she is off to Houston on the bus tomorrow to meet an old friend and stay with our friends William and Julie and their three lovely cats for the weekend. I’ll be in the studio, one day off on Monday for admin unless we need to do some percussion for Brian and then on Tuesday I’m back on the mystery project for a few days till Jed arrives from Minneapolis to continue work on the next two, yes, two, Space Summit albums.