6/7/2021: While I am doing photos, here is one from a recent concert featuring Cliff Goodwin;
6/7/2021: Ashley Mauzy's (my niece) concept for my album cover has arrived. Here it is:
5/30/2021: Beth Gray came down with me to Ultrasound in Hanover, Mass yesterday afternoon and made contributions on bass guitar to both Cadillac Dreams and Imaginary Tomato. We may be able to use Beth on a couple other songs, notably the It Is What It Is song. Eric "Snake" Gulliksen has contributed bass guitar work to Drifting to the Right and I'm A Realist. Cliff Goodwin's tracks have arrived and he is featured on Cadillac Dreams and Imaginary Tomato. I am waiting on Raianne Richards for her clarinet contribution to I'm a Realist. My studio engineer Joe Clapp performed Oud on my Dream song (beautifully!) and Stephen has added some other additional studio music touches. Joe sent me three tracks last night. We have two more scheduled sessions in June on the 5th and 19th where we will hopefully be adding vocals and drums. It's coming along very well and thank you so much to Joe and Stephen Martin, my producer for everything so far!
5/26/2021: The remote contributions are starting to come in and I can't wait to hear them! I am going back to the studio on Saturday 5/29 along with Beth Gray who will be recording live. We have two additional sessions booked after that for 6/5 and 6/19. The recording has gone quickly and soon we will need only vocals and drums. My niece Ashley is at work on the album cover design. Thank you to Rick Kneeland and Studio 50 for recording Cliff Goodwin's tracks and thank you also Cliff for your generous spirit!
5/10/2021: Talked with my producer Stephen Martin last night. Work has begun on production of my basic vocals and guitar tracks. Stephen is adding an additional guitar to Never Again. Joe Clapp. our engineer is playing Oud on my Dream track. Eric "Snake" Gulliksen, the producer of my last album is coming in to Ultrasound to add both bass tracks and fretless bass tracks to some songs. Beth Gray is scheduled to come to the studio on May 29th to do bass for Cadillac Dreams. Other contributions coming from Raianne Richards, Cliff Goodwin (!), Fred Meltzer and other musician friends as we go along. We started talking about a single release which could be my I'm A Realist song. We will be working through May and June on this and new developments will be posted here as we go.
4/24/2021: We finished the basic tracks at Ultrasound Today. The modulation on It Is What It Is went smoothly and the recording of I'm A Realist also went well. As it is about my mother, it is an emotional track to sing and sometimes that makes it easier to get it right. We also had time to review all nine songs and the next steps are up to Stephen, my producer. I return for any additions I personally need to make at the end of May and also to review what Stephen has done. Joe Clapp will be playing on the album, adding dobro to Cadillac Dreams. We will be also adding another guitar and a fretless bass to that song and it will likely be one of the strongest songs on the album. I took a picture of Joe's guitar army while listening back to the tracks and it is an eclectic collection: /files/1121454/joes-guitars.jpg
It is an angry album and that is what I intended. But I try to also balance the anger with humor and beauty and I think that is happening. The recording is going quickly and smoothly and the prep and voice lessons are having good results.
4/18/2021: Good recording session yesterday with Joe Clapp at Ultrasound Productions in Hanover, Mass. We recorded three tracks and the template for a fourth song, Imaginary Tomato. On my song Cadillac Dreams, we had to tune down my chords one full step and Joe had a guitar that was already tuned down to D G C F A D and also was nylon stringed, so shazam, the problem was solved. The seven songs we have in rough draft form are Drifting To The Right, Head Full Of Garbage, Dream, Never Again, Brooklyn for Beginners, Imaginary and Cadillac. Two more will be completed next weekend. Then starting at the end of May or before, the orchestration begins courtesy of my producer, Stephen Martin. We have several musicians in mind to help out with this and it's going to be fun. I had been having some issues with my voice but then halfway through yesterday's session, I found it again! I have registered the song titles with ASCAP so that is taken care of. We might be ready to roll with this album sooner than I expected. I am including with this blog a picture of the engineering deck and a picture of the recording space which is a really live room. /files/1120707/ultrasound-recording-console.jpg and /files/1120708/ultrasound-recording-room.jpg
4/9/2021: Starting to contact fellow musicians for the album. Recording my basic tracks may proceed more quickly than I expected that it would. Tried to paste a photo of my rehearsal space but couldn't do it here. But I do have a link: /files/1119270/rehearsal-photo.jpg
4/5/2021: I forgot to take pictures of my first session. I think I was a little in awe of getting the chance to record with Joe Clapp at Ultrasound Productions at https://ultrasoundproductions.com/about which was totally unnecessary, as Joe is as gracious a guy as you could imagine and I was immediately comfortable there. We recorded three songs with my vocals and guitar: Drifting To The Right, Head Full of Garbage and Brooklyn for Beginners. With the Brooklyn song, we decided to make it a mostly spoken word song with some singing in parts. Stephen brought ice tea, crackers, cheddar cheese and raspberry cookies, which I wound up taking home and have just finished off as I am writing this.
I am enlisting my niece Ashley Mauzy who works for Vision Marketing in Lynchburg, Va. to come up with a cover design for the album. Ashley did the wonderful, intricate cover work for my Firefly In A Jar of Emotion album and I am intrigued to see what she comes up with this time.
4/1/2021: And so it begins. On my way to do my first recording at Ultrasound Studios. Meeting my producer Stephen Martin there. Pictures to follow...