So, this past Saturday was the first recording session for my upcoming CD. It’s a crazy thought, that after 10 – 12 years of dreaming, working, and trying to be a musician with an album of songs I am finally making it happen. Wow.
Well, I want to use this blog to mainly document the process of recording my first CD (tentatively titled “Thus Far”…which I have always wanted that title, but maybe I just need to rethink things. Wanting this name for 10 years shouldn’t mean I should accept it as is. Maybe I’ll find something more appropriate, or just stick with it) So this blog will be just like my YouTube channels, as how I’m documenting my process as a musician on my main channel, and as a performing musician on my “live” channel. This will be documenting what I can’t entirely video record, and that is, my thoughts.
So, on to the first day of recording. Ryan (my voice teacher and producer, and musician himself! Check out his band at http://www.elsinoremusic.net/) and I spent a good 8 hours Saturday working on my song “Even the Best of Things”. I nailed the guitar in one take, and then we started working on extra pieces to fill up the song. It was a joyride! “How about some keyboard here?” “Oh! I’m hearing this flute part there!”, “Maybe some electric slide guitar??” It was CRAZY! I wrote “Even the Best of Things” 8 or 9 years ago, so I have only heard it in a strictly guitar and voice form. Adding all these extra layers gave the song a new breath of life, and started to calm the fears I had about this process. “Are my songs good enough? They don’t sound like other songs out there…I don’t get it!” That thought was going through my head a lot. Self doubt kicking in and all. But once I started hearing a song take shape, a new style to call my own, as I was writing and creating the new parts. It was a shock and a thrill! I can’t wait for the next recording session. ^_^
We tried vocals out after the 8 hours of recording many instruments, but decided that fatigue was not going to help us get a good recording. I’m very wary of my vocals anyway, so being tired and not having any progress vocally took some toll. But after listening to the progress so far, I think I might be able to capture a decent vocal take that will now fit the new style of this song. Meeeep!!!! I’m excited.
Anyway, thank you for reading. And MANY thanks for joining me in this journey.