Last Day of Recording

Shattered! Today was the last day – recorded vibraphone for Friend and did vocals for Jack and Poseidon. Now I am sitting back and watching Grant and Rob who owns Ford Lane sorting out all the files…
It’s been a tiring and frankly emotionally draining experience but I am sure you are all going to find at least one thing to like about this album, even if it is the end :0)

Now Grant’s work begins – editing, fixing and then mixing. Meanwhile I take away the roughs and work out what I want, and what order I want it in – likely a tough call!
More soon :0)

nearly there

So today Jason did keyboards for Won’t Let You Down and Jack, then I did guitars for Running Out of Air, Jack, Friend (plus vocal at the same time as this is just going to be freeform), Easier Said Than Done and also a quick demo of a new song called Hidden Door, which won’t be appearing on this album.
I also did vocals for Easier Said Than Done, Won’t Let You Down, Running Out of Air, the aforementioned Friend, a new one called Holes, an a cappella thing which may or may not make it. I am more than a bit knackered. Not much more recording left to do then it is mixing time – I do not envy Grant, but will be helping get tracks into the right shape before I let him loose on the technicals :0).

Next challenge for me is to sort out the artwork/cover etc etc.

Tears 1995

You wept
And down came all the rain
For all the times you let them inside
And you complained there was a beggar in your eyes
And down came all the rain to wash away your tears

You smiled
And banished cloud away
For all the times you found your heart
And you were whispering I love you
All the time
The moon was rising out of turn

Hey, I can’t come out today
It’s all falling down and I’m in a terrible way
Suddenly it is oh so dark
Down here in my head
Why don’t you follow your senses
And comfort me instead?

early finish

So throat a bit tired now after 5 or so hours of singing. We are now in the final stages really so here is the low down:
Vocals are done for: Becoming Myself Again, Sleepy Man, Dangerous Ground, Can’t Find Love, Half of One, If I Say, Lay With Me, Love 2, Page 94, Tears 1995, Waiting, and Faster in the Dark.

Stuff left to do:
Piano: Poseidon, Jack, Won’t Let You Down, and maybe some extras on others
Acoustic Guitar: Tears 1995, Friend, Easier Said Than Done
Vocals: Jack, Poseidon, Running Out of Air, Won’t Let you Down, Friend, Easier Said than Done, Nothing Room.
Synths: possibly some more maybe I found that the pad on Jack didn’t sit with the guitar and therefore need to have another look at that.

Bit sleepy now.

Lunchtime at the Studio

Pot noodle. Chocolate fingers. Irn Bru. The stuff a musician is made of. So all the electric guitars are done, thank goodness. I’ve ended up recording them myself rather than using Nigel’s work, because it didn’t quite feel right in the mix. Unfortunately it means you are now subjected to my electrical offerings instead. Please bear in mind I have not played an electric guitar in about 8 years.

We have four more acoustic guitar tracks to record but I’ll do that on Sunday. A few more piano tracks for Saturday morning and the rest is vocals vocals vocals.

I’ve decided to remove the percussion from Won’t Let You Down and it will be a piano/vocal only track. (for the moment anyway, I reserve the right to change my mind.

BBL

Fingers Ouch

So today I have played the Taylor 314, an Epiphone Dot and a Fender Telecaster. My fingers are a bit sore and the callouses have taken a serious beating! It’s always a bit of a slow start on the first day back in the studio as Ford Lane works using Logic and we are mixing in Protools. Another added complication is that some of the original demo work was done on analogue – an Otari MX80. So going from analogue to digital can be a bit tricksy but now have some of the great stuff recorded by Alan Cunningham back then on to the tracks we are recording now.
I’ve also done vocals for Becoming Myself Again, Sleepy Man, If I Say and Page 94. Some serious perfomances going on and I am totally drained now, but at the same time somewhat euphoric as all my ideas are finally coming together and it is now also evident to other people. Only 16 more to go then…
The other night, I recorded all the pads on keyboard and laid down piano tracks. We just did this in the house as,for me, studio time should be for stuff involving microphones. Can’t Find Love is now very sinister and sad and I hope I can get the vocal right for it.
Easier Said Than Done has taken a strange turn and one I think for the better. Both Easier Said Than Done and Won’t Let You Down were recorded with percussion, congos (bongos and congas 😉 etc. However, this approach took both songs down a track that wasn’t really working for me, and I couldn’t see what to do with them. When I removed the percussion, however, things began to become more clear and I think, certainly Easier Said Than Done has become a stand out track. Won’t Let You Down still needs some work, the mildly happy ones always do 🙂
So that’s it for me, not working into the wee hours tonight but there will likely be a few long ones this week.
Off to chill for a bit, more singing tomorrow!

Easier Said Than Done

She spent a lifetime forgetting herself
Learning strange languages and all about real life
From phrase books and Rough Guides
Whiling the hours away and wishing herself the same
Sending her soul off to lands
She may never see Russia or Vietnam
‘Cos it’s easier said than done
There is a place in her heart of hearts
No one can take it away from the girl
Who lives right here, in the dark
Saved all her cash for a life in the sunshine
She gave it all up for a cheap ride to Clarksville
The Monkees and Donovan
‘Cos it’s easier said than done
Once in a car park she though about life
Took her an hour to contemplate all she had done right
But all night
Scolded herself for her reticent nature
She found that for all of her hopes and her dreams
She had got where?
Nowhere
‘Cos it’s easier said than done
Keeping it all in a part of her brain
Locked up inside her so no one can see all the rain
On jazz days
Living it all like a permanent dream
Hoping that one day she’d pluck up the courage to leave
Run away
But it’s easier said than done
Then something cracked was a bolt from the blue
Might die if she left
But she’d die if she stayed too
And she knew
Jumped on a plane destination unknown
Maybe she’d land up in China or Rome
Lapland or Tennessee
It was easier said than done
She spent a lifetime forgetting herself
Learning strange languages and all about real life
From phrase books and Rough Guides
Finding that all of her fears were just that
Sent herself flying to lands she had never seen Russia
Or Vietnam

Nothing Room

Mourn him
Grieve him
Still believe it
For he is gone

Love him
Adore him
See him
Like a childhood sweetheart

Love him
Adore him
Steal away
To his nothing room

And I still feel the silence
I still feel the silence
I still feel his silent presence

Money

You know sometimes, when you’re feeling low, and you think things probably couldn’t get much worse, it suddenly does. Turns out I am not able to take cash out of my credit card after all, meaning the money I dunked into there to make sure I had enough to pay the studio is now “not available as cash”. OFFS as my work colleagues are prone to say. Really useful. The lower echelons of the music industry work on cash, this is how life is. And now I am cash poor.
So now I have to figure out a way of making the £300 currently resting in my account into £1200 by next week. Su-fecking-perb.
I know, things have a way of turning out alright in the end but by gods does one get put through the wringer.

One more push

It’s aways one more push, one last stab, one more take. But this is it, people, the last of my money and the last of the recording. It is going to be a hard week and I hope I am up to the task. I will do better than my best. After all, this is likely to be the last from me. Life overtakes us all and I am no different. To quote myself, I’m overtaking on a bend and I don’t know what’s coming my way – but I’m counting down the days.

For those interested in the nutsnbolts side of things we will be cutting out any extraneous tracks, and deciding on takes on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday it will likely be my all time favourite (not) guitars. I am hoping we can get all the sodding guitars done on Thursday because, well frankly I hate recording guitars. I play to my own time, meaning I can’t play in time no matter how loud the fecking cans are. Then it will be synths, a lot of them, as despite Bettina, Eszter and Nigel’s excellent playing more strings are required. Also other scary noises will be added at this stage. Last will be vocals, and I hope I can carry it off. I find it easier when it is just me and the engineer so this will be “closed set” so to speak.

And then everything is down to the mix.

Wish me luck,

jo