Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers creepers, it has been a long time since my last blog post.  During that time I have been busy recording not only my own album, but I have also been recording back up vocals for Jamie Ferguson.  I can now officially say that I am a studio musician!

As for my album, it is sounding great.  The ambient sound will still be present as in the last album, but it will be a bit edgier this go round with drums and bass.  Originally my producer Dave and I thought the album would have more of a band combo sound with guitar, bass, drums and Rhodes.  But, as things progressed, we found that sometimes, things sounded a bit too "Rhodesy", so we hooked up the Prophet 600 adding some synth, then the Nord, running it through a stereo preamp then distorting it. Yesterday we added infinite reverb to "le Chandail".   Yikes!  Typical Dave noted out loud that "there's just one more part I want to add as he says its too much".  This is exactly why I love working with him.  The song, about a sweater, conjures up so much imagery and Dave is able to bring that imagery to life.

I also played piano on two songs, which is a big change for me.  I have been a guitar player forever so playing piano was a bit of a challenge.  I could hear in my head what I wanted, but executing it took practice.  I am pleased with the results and with the songs.

Recording is almost complete.  We are looking at an album release date of early November at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield.  I will keep you posted.

Here is a shot of me recording back up vocals at James Stephens for Jamie's upcoming album.  

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