Thanks to everyone who has responded to the In Deep Music Archive link so quickly. Everyone is so busy these days and it’s always a surprise when you find time to respond fast. A while ago I got a message from someone who was actually offended I didn’t reply fast enough and deleted me from their life, haha, OK, well, I’m sorry, but I was building a pyramid and inventing the wheel, and I simply wasn’t able to respond as quickly as I would have liked – I blame the dust and the splinters.
Into the studio this morning for the return of Rich on the piano. We had a song that had a riff, but somehow we hadn’t recorded the riff on a separate track to the rhythm part, so whenever we turned the riff level up, the piano chords came with it. We had to do it again and engineer/drummer John and Rich were already at it when we arrived. I wanted Rich to play on another song too after an idea I had, but he had something else scheduled, so he’ll be back to try it tomorrow.
Salim and some friends, Paul and Chad, came into the studio and we chatted until I had to get in there to sing. It was a tricky song with lots of notes, so it took a while to get it right. Sometimes, it’s not just tuning or timing, it’s phrasing and tone and when I soloed the voice, it sounded fine, but with the guitar, it sounded a little odd, so I just sang some parts again and they sat better in the track. When I was done with the track, I had another brainstorming moment and had Olivia sing a vocal on a track that I hadn’t previously thought of – she did it and transformed the song, as I knew she would.
John left, Kevin arrived and Kevin carried on working with Olivia’s vocal until they were done, then I was back in there, singing another song, the last one of this session. I’m glad we did the trickier song earlier, it gets harder the later it gets. Tomorrow will be the last day on this project before we start the second round of the Space Summit album(s) with Jed who is driving down from Minneapolis – a cool 14 hours at least. I spoke to Jed, Blueburst Craig in Atlanta and William in Houston on that miracle device called the telephone.
Music today has been Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976) which saw Denny Laine/Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English get in on the songwriting and singing action. The album was a big hit with Let ‘Em In and Silly Love Songs becoming successful singles. There’s a mad piano demo of Silly Love Songs on the extended version, and it’s a real lesson in what you write, what it turns into, and how unexpectedly it can ‘crack it’.