Hooray, she’s back! Olivia finally got on her bus from Houston (delayed an hour) and got back to Dallas late afternoon – what a surprise to see her walk through the studio door. Thanks to William for hanging with her at the bus stop as she nervously waited to get on the bus and thanks to Julie, Oscar, Zack and Louie for all the good vibes, Julie for her amazing East Texan accent and the cats for their furriness.
We were working on the bass today, John played some simple parts on one of the songs, sometimes it’s all a song needs. The next song was a little more complicated and although John was getting there, I ran into Salim outside who knew the song well and as a bass player himself, I thought we should just let him do it. He was with an old friend (Tim Sanderson) and they came into the studio, Salim nailed it and they were gone.
John left late afternoon and we decided we needed a break, Olivia to get back to Sarah’s house with her bags, Sarah to run some errands and me to recover from a headache, feeling sick and a migraine eye attack. The eyes came back quickly, but the headache lingered and I needed to see different walls and another type of tablet to fight for me.
At Sarah’s I cooked a famous English delicacy – beans on toast and as usual, it was delicious, even with American beans. I was feeling better, Olivia was feeling more grounded and Sarah had returned from Errandsville. We went back to the studio and listened to the mastered version of the Valley of Salt record – it sounds fantastic. The album has a religious theme around the story of John the Baptist and the nearest thing I can compare it to is a progressive Jesus Christ Superstar – yes, really.
Music today has taken me to Weesp in The Netherlands and a band I’ve always really liked. I’ve seen them live twice, once in LA and once in their home country. It’s Bettie Serveert (Bettie Serves in English). Betty Stöve was a famous seventies Dutch tennis player. I’ve always liked their debut album Palomine (1992) a lot, have continued to follow them, and have most of their records. Carol van Dijk has a special quality in her voice and writes some very cool songs. Check it out. If you were there then, you’ll know how good it is. Shout out to long-time members Peter Visser on guitar and Herman Bunskoeke on bass.