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‘Light as a Feather’ is a song that starts out like the landing of an extraterrestrial vessel in a sticky southern swamp. As it moves along, it picks up a mellotron choir voicing, a heavy marching drum groove, and a Hammond organ as it swirls into an anthemic wash of leslie, guitar, and harmony. Many of the pre-production tracks are being used but corrected, tightened, and finessed. I’m finding that “autotune” (one of my least favorite things in the world) is not so much auto but more manual and helpful for those odd peculiar notes. There will be no Akon or Lady Gaga vocals on this EP. Studio pluggins have made record engineering much easier and more accurate than even 15 years ago when we were using reels of tape and ADAT machines. The sound is sharper, but that in itself is dangerous for fear of sounding plastic and processed like a block of spreadable cheese.
Tabla and talking drum will be entering the picture soon. They will add a natural tribal earthy vibe to ‘Light as a Feather’ as I start to dive deeper into world/dance music. There was a bit of give and take between musician and producer in regards to samples over acoustic, keeping certain harmonies, gutar tones and textures, drum lines, and the old mellotron as opposed to a close sounding stereo vocal effect. Personally I have learned more at TAYLOR Studios than previous studio experiences, especially in the area of pre-delay and frequencies. Work began on ‘Between the Sun & the Moon’ with the tightening of the bass and drum sync and tweaking the existing guitar tracks. This was going to be a throw away song, but I was convinced to used it (not just because it is the title of the CD). I’m anxious to see how this track evolves. “My butt is falling asleep”, exclaims the engineer… Break time. Time to grab a Guinness and step outside for some air. Plans were made for the next studio engagement.
I found myself on a junket to a strange and enjoyable Saturday night. Liza and I were soon under a tent in a downpour with some good ex-cop friends, beer, food, and interesting conversations about Belgium, Croatia, and Germany. This was a boisterous and entertaining crowd indeed. After a brief scare of possibly losing my phone (the source of my crapulent pictures), we headed to party number two… somebody said something about mariachis….huh? We walked into the yard under the cover of darkness and rope lights to find a mariachi band playing with tenacity and might. This was my first exposure to a band of this kind, but I was very impressed with the musicianship, costumes, and vocals. “Besame Me Mucho” and “La Bamba” flowed through the night air and incited dancing and applause. George Bernard Shaw said, “A day's work is a day's work, neither more nor less, and the man who does it needs a day's sustenance, a night's repose and due leisure, whether he be painter or ploughman”. True…
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