It’s cold and getting colder. Salim came around today and wrapped the cacti in the garden, hoping the freeze wouldn’t kill them. It might even snow this coming week, we’ll see but it’s colder than I ever thought it would be in Texas. It’s one of those pristine ancient sky cold snaps, you can imagine the Egyptians looking at a sky like this 3000 years ago and thinking the same thing as we do, marvelling at the crescent moon and the sparkling stars.
We had Rich in first to play samples from Brian’s library onto the songs with his feel. The technical side of that task working as we discovered the Nord keyboard wouldn’t let us do it, we needed the MIDI controller keyboard to make it work and all kinds of boxes and wires. Whilst we were in the midst of it, sessioneer Indiana Brian and his wife Maria came to visit as they were visiting Dallas. We hung out for a while before carrying on with the project.
I had to move house today as a more permanent resident was coming into the place. I was clearing out the fridge and the bathroom, checking nothing was left behind, and trying to get out of the house in time to get to the studio. Brian arrived early and waited patiently as I dragged multiple plastic bags down the stairs as well as my suitcase, my computer and half a bag of vegetarian chicken nuggets out of the freezer.
We had Brian play guitars into the night as we only have one day left before he leaves, and we are trying to finish all his parts before he splits early Monday morning. We need to be in the studio Monday with Rich after he has gone because there’s still some piano to record, and we ran out of time with Rich’s pre-booked schedule. It looks like we won’t make it to Paul’s backing vocals, but we do have Cherish and Nae, the gospel singers, coming in tomorrow, and it’s always a blast, their power could flatten a mountain.