Up for an early sesh with Indiana Brian, and after yesterday’s trip to New York, it felt like all moments were filled to the brim as we left immediately after for the studio. We were straight back into vocals and on NJ Brian’s Valley of Salt project, nothing is simple so we jumped in at the deep end with all our clothes on (including shoes) and hoped we would float. In a way, it doesn’t really matter what order you attack the songs in, they all have to be cooked. It’s like if you play Man City in the quarter-final or the final, you still have to beat them.
Today was Presidents’ Day and for some reason, all the Thai restaurants in the area were closed but the good old American diner was open, you’d think it might be the other way ‘round, but then I thought the diner probably saw a big opportunity for the business and the Thai restaurant thought if we don’t take today, when do we take? Maybe they all had a pact. So Beyond Burger it was thanks to Brian and thanks to Bill for lunch. Olivia had gone to Philadelphia to check it out and only had 1-dollar notes or a big note, so I was cashless, but then I usually only need cash in the record store or the book store and I wasn’t leaving the studio today.
Brian had found me an old iPad to inherit, as my computer is too old for GarageBand and I wanted something to whisper ideas into. Bill had got me a charger lead for my iPod, so I was all teched up today – never have I been so digitally confronted on a studio couch. When I did pick up a guitar, it was to help Brian with some notes in harmonies sung over lead vocal tracks. We managed to get two lead vocals and harmonies down today, a result with the length of Brian’s songs and their intricacies.
Today next week we will be back in Porto after three months in America, counting down The Archive move (20 days left). We will have been to Minneapolis, Dallas, Philadelphia and New York but getting back to Porto and The Archive is going to be something else.
Music today has been David Axelrod – Song of Innocence (1968), a fascinating instrumental album, experimenting in 1968 was a ‘thing’. Listen and then read about it (or vice versa), it’s a compelling piece.