So, here's the deal: I'll post my experiences for the material selection, pre-production, studio time, mix-down, title ideas, art and packaging efforts. and release date. All you have to do is have a look. And, should you have any questions or comments, you can do that as well.
- First entry, March 3rd: I have been going through songs and have already selected the first 8-10 possibilities... 5-6 already chosen, working on the others. Studio chosen, and recording time scheduled for next week.
- March 5th entry: Worked on some co-writing songs today, one with Dawn Kenney and we're writing a song together for the first time. Also worked on a couple songs from Jack Shannon, and on one as a co-write, first one for Jack and I too. Listening to some demos of other songs, other writers, more on that later. Have a couple more co-writing ideas and appointments, eager to get going.
- March 11th entry: A bust for studio time yesterday, but made up for it today! Recorded 4 tunes at Scott Vestal's Digital Underground studios up north of Nashville. Scott is so good and professional, he made a lot of notes and took pictures when we recorded my 2012 CD "Intrepid" a couple years ago, so setting up for me and getting tones and levels didn't take long. Two types of mics and pre-amps along with my Gallagher guitar's Fishman Aura Pro set-up feed, the guitar sounds awesome! I love my job! Recorded 4 songs: "Same Old Moon' and "I Picked The Wildwood Flower" penned by Jack Shannon; a beautiful song by the late Perry Pitney "I'm Not The Man I Was"; and a song co-written by Don Dunn and Claire Lynch (I have to get the official ok, before I can reveal the title and be sure I can include it on the new CD). More soon!
- March 15th entry: Fun day yesterday, achieved 4 final tracks and started on 2 more. One of the new tracks is a song Dawn Kenney is co-writing with me... Purty good! Here's a pic of "sound central":
- March 19th entry: A few more songs to add to the CD recorded today...so total recorded now is 9, but one of them may not make this CD. I am excited !!! Great songs by great authors, and I am having a blast doing my versions of them, even though I'm not veering to far from the original versions, just putting my sound on them.
- May24th entry: Scott and I have been working on final mixes and tones, and sequence. Now starting to work on all the mastering - unless there's is something I feel I need to change, but I doubt it at this point. I mean, one has to stop and let go at some point, or else it'll never get released.
- Additional May 24th entry: Didn't really get into the 'technical' aspects of this recording, and I mentioned I would. So here it is: Scott is recording on Cubase, using a pair of Neumann KM-54 condenser mics and a Manley tube mic all ran through API pre-amps, along with a channel of my Fishman Aura Pro system with exclusive Jim Hurst Gallagher Images®. So, 4 tracks of guitar, and one track for my of vocal, which is another tube mic (don't recall which brand) ran through an API pre-amp as well. I may be incorrect on some of this, but I'll confirm with Scott and update here.
- I Picked The Wildwood Flower
- The Preacher And The Bear
- Same Old Moon
- Just One Man
- Richmon Safford
- Dead Flowers
- They Said
- A Mailbox On The Moon
- Nobody Loves Me But My Dog
- Not The Man I Was
- Road Scholar
I do some workshops on recording and band / artist preparation and pre-production, but the bottom line is: It is better to spend more time getting prepared ahead of time that to have to do it while the clock is ticking. Disclaimer: I didn't prepare for this CD as much as I did Intrepid, and it cost a little more. As my dad used to say: "Do as I say, not as I do". But even so, there were three songs I thought were going to be on the CD that didn't make it, for various reasons. And at least one of those I worked a good of time in pre-production.
End result, I had a great time and am still having a great time. I feel like this is a step up from Intrepid and that's what I hoped. There are a couple songs here that may be a little unexpected from me, but that'll be up to you to decide... I'm happy.