On coming home to Sarah’s we stumbled upon a raccoon, wearing the mask and running down the back alley to escape the lights of the car, eventually hiding behind a bush as we drove by. You know you are in America when you see a raccoon. Late days in the studio, getting back at midnight, the raccoons think everyone has already gone to bed, they don’t bank on musicians coming home late as they search for food around the trash cans. Wonderful creatures saddled with the indignity of searching for food in the human’s trash.
We finished the project we were on today. Last day, we had Paul in to sing some of the higher backing vocals. Olivia sang some even higher backing vocals and I played some bass. Rich returned to play some extra piano and by midnight we were done. We listened to Arktik Lake as we think about mastering and sequencing the album.
Tomorrow we start on the next Space Summit tracks. Jed has driven down from Minneapolis for hours (via the Bob Dylan Centre in Tulsa), so a long day today for everyone. We will start at noon (I have a sesh with Bob in Boston at 10 AM) and figure out how we are going to record instruments on 22 new tracks. We are planning on bass, violin, cello, organ, piano, trumpet, French horn and sax before we start looking at guitars and vocals – that should keep us busy for the next ten days. If we get all of these exotic instruments recorded, we will see where we are with guitars, although I would like to record more guitars at home in Porto using my own equipment.
Today, Paul Robinson sent me a stamp collection left to him by his grandfather. His grandfather was Ludwig Madison, who played the clarinet in John Philip Sousa’s marching band during WW1. I always collected stamps myself and even if I wasn’t actively working on the collection in my busy band years, I would occasionally buy stamps and could never throw away an envelope with a stamp on it. This collection will be added to my own in The Archive (I haven’t checked it out properly yet) but there will be another amazing collection sitting with the amazing collection – thank you, Paul.
I suppose some of us have collector mentalities, others are minimalists. I was talking about my situation with Sarah where she noted that for someone who spent years without a proper home, travelling all the time, it’s incredible that I managed to collect things – books, records, guitars and yes, stamps – I also like paperweights, haha.