Yesterday morning’s four hour recording session went well. I got the 12-string take for Song Five — likely the first material for Album Four that I will actually be keeping.

I am very happy with it, at the moment, and am looking forward to building the song out next weekend.

Session Notes: 2017/04/07

  • Song Four—like all of them—proves to be harder to execute than initially imagined.
  • It’s really hard to commit something that has been bouncing around in your head for over two years.
  • It’s becoming abundantly clear that I really want to be making Album Nº5, but I really want to HEAR Album Nº4 exist. So I have to work through it. It will be worth it, but I am scared that it’s not going to be what I have been dreaming of for so long.
  • Guide tracks are in—percussion session tomorrow and Sunday. Instruments (some) go in next week.
  • I need to approach this in the way that I did with Claye during the early 2014 run: Relaxed four hour sessions several times a week with one main goal per session (record the bass, record the saxes, etc.). Otherwise, I just overwhelm myself. I need to approach it more pragmatically, it’s just hard to get started when I don’t know if any of my ideas are going to actually work in practice.

Moving on to Song Four in April, hoping to power through at a song per month, revisiting Song One later. Though I actually feel really good about where I left off with Song One. But it’ll be refreshing to move forward with different material, for sure.

It’s crazy… Most of these songs date back two years. I wrote a bunch of them while I was doing Album for Children.

But a lot of them are half written with two years worth of ideas piling up.

After floundering for all of December, January, and February, (really since August, too) I have completely revamped my recording timeline, and I expect to stick to this one. Solid plan for moving forward after a failed eight month attempt at making The Birds. Now… Let’s start in the middle.

 

General studio times

MONDAY:
9-12
Lunch break
4:30-6:30
Dinner break
8:30-10

TUESDAY:
10:30-12:30
Lunch break
2:30-6:30
Dinner break
8:30-10

THURSDAY:
7:30-11

FRIDAY:
2:30-6:30
Dinner break
8:30-10

SATURDAY:
2:30-6:30
Dinner break
8:30-10

SUNDAY (mix day)
6:30-10

32hr total per week, break up into 2 studios for 16hr in each.