Icy cold, the coldest I’ve ever been in Dallas and underdressed as it seemed inconceivable that it could be this cold here. The sky is an uncomfortable bland grey, like the office in a car showroom. It got down to 10°F, that’s -12°C. The octopus cactus outside the studio has never looked so sad, and all the smaller succulents will be lucky to survive. The fridge is on the other side of the lot and getting over there to get a soda you have to plan it, finding your coat before you go out of the door, and then you realise it’s Texas, and you don’t have a coat with you.
Today was NJ Brian’s last day, and we had to get as many guitar parts down as possible before him leaving on Monday. We started with a song that had lots of sections, and Brian was in and out of the control room, checking his parts as we were deciding which guitar was the best for the job – Strat/Rick 6/Rick 12/Les Paul. On one song we put a Fender bass through a fuzz box, that’s a special sound.
At 6 PM, Cherish Love walked through the door an hour early. Cherish is one of the Texan singers who along with Nae sang the Gospel parts on the first album. Tonight they were mixing it up between Gospel and Motown, singing their hearts out, cracking up with each other in the live room and adding their special sound to Brian’s record.
We worked on songs until we came to a point where starting something new wouldn’t be productive. It was too late and too much to sort out on a new track, so we decided to call it a night. Brian’s flight back home was at 7.30 AM, and he had to pack up all his gear, get the guitars in the travel road cases, and drive to his hotel and then unload the gear because he can’t leave guitars in a car overnight – any guitars, but especially guitars as valuable and amazing as these.
It was so cold on the way home and the car was taking a while to warm up even though Sarah had started the car up before we got in it. As we drove slowly to Sarah’s house, snow flurries danced in the streets, mocking Texas and its population of cacti and lack of scarves.
Music today was The Nice – The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack (1968). It’s psychedelic, jazzy, rock, classical, sixties, seventies, progressive, instrumental, vocal, edgy, musical, skilful – they don’t make ‘em like this anymore. Why is it called this? Emerson, O’List, Jackson and Davison.
This album was released in March 1968, the second album, Ars Longa Vita Brevis, was released in November 1968 but in between in June 1968 they released a single, America – topical as the Bernstein film, Maestro, is out now.