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LA Take 2 – Day 8

This morning I managed to catch up with some musicians friends that I met at various music conferences and it was so nice to see Rod Kim and the guys for breakfast. Rod has a new album coming out very soon and you should check out his music.

Today we had the bassoon/clarinet player coming in to add tracks for Little Room and A Little More Fine. John Mitchell sounded great and I really like it when the classical musicians come in because I spent so long in the classical world that it feels wonderfully familiar. I will be playing the flute part in Little Room and there is one bar that I was finding very tricky and when John found the same thing on the clarinet part I was so relieved that it wasn’t just me.

I always find it funny when Bleu introduces me to the musicians as the artist. I have never really thought of myself as an artist… but I like how it sounds πŸ™‚

After some other odds and ends we went for dinner with Kiara, the viola player from Breathe In Breathe Out. Bleu has been going on and on and on about his favourite restaurant Furaibo… so finally we went. After deciphering which food didn’t have MSG (I have an allergy) we ate some pretty fun things including a japanese style toasted cheese sandwich, but with fishcake instead of the bread… yummy!

Apparently a Furaibo visit is not complete without a stop at the local Japanese market… see how much Bleu likes the Japanese market… almost as much as he likes my driving πŸ˜‰

LA Take 2 – Day 6 – Joe is back

Today we really got into Anytime Soon and and the was some really crazy stuff going on. I love watching Bleu work his magic and having Joe back really adds to that magic. I learned about Mellotron today… apparently they were the first sampler, using actual taped sounds of different instruments and when you held a note down the tape would run out, rewind and then continue. It makes everything sound cool. I love it!

I keep trying to get candid photos on Bleu but this is pretty much what Joe and I see everyday. He’s in the zone.

Keatly, my pigFactory publisher, stopped by today and we all headed down the road to have what Bleu says are ‘ literally the BEST fish tacos EVER’. As usual, he was right and here is me and Keatly about to enjoy them.

Back at the studio we had a stand-up bass player coming in and there is nothing quite like the sound of real stand-up bass… gorgeous! Thanks Nate Light!

Our final thing of the day was starting Floating Away and Bleu added some guitar… really nice to have someone else’s guitar on the album. This meant that Joe was in charge of the recording… you can almost see the terror on his face πŸ™‚

Joe’s in-laws were in town (whom I loved partly because they thought I was 18… I’ll live on that for weeks!) so we went out for chinese and I ordered the tangerine chicken because it’s what Sheldon always orders on The Big Bang Theory and I was curious as to what it tasted like. The guys bought the weirdest sharing drink… it had a weird name but can’t remember it now… but it came with very long straws and has a ridiculous amount of alcohol… hic.

LA Take 2 – Day 5 – horns and acting…

This morning was SO much fun. I headed over to my old comedy chum, Lynn Ferguson’s place to record some This Day Today episodes. It was a long time since I have done any reading or comedy stuff but it was SO much fun. Lynn is a great director and between her and her husband, Mark, I think we have some great takes (and out-takes). I really recommend checking out their videos at http://blip.tv/ThisDayToday. They have some wonderful actors and comedians being very amusing. I will let you know when mine will be shown.

Th weirdest thing though was turning up after not seeing Lynn in over 10 years and finding we have exactly the same hair… I’m her mini-me πŸ™‚

After a lovely lunch and catching up on so much it was time to head back to the studio.

Today is flugalhorn day. There is a wind quartet on Little Room and this was the first instrument to be recorded. Chris Tedesco did a wonderful job on his beautiful new flugalhorn.

Today we had no Joe and agreed that it wasn’t quite the same without his smiling face. It’s funny what aspects go into the overall experience of producing an album. I had today’s chocolate ready but I think I’ll wait until it’s all of us again. He’ll be back tomorrow.

We stared another song today and I had to re do the guitar parts. It was really nice to play and instrument for a while. A lot of being here is me listening while Bleu does a ton of work. I just pass comment from time to time.

Bleu had somewhere he needed to be tonight so I got the chance to get back to the hotel early and have a nice long conversation with my family. I really miss them. They are amazing.

LA Take 2 – Day 4 – Wonderful Day

I started today with my usual walk to Whole Foods to pick up lunch and snack (and chocolate) but was lured into a clothing store on my way back where I purchased these lovely shoes for my daughter. She may have to wrestle me for them though.

I also picked up cake pops to start the recording day… mmm… chocolate raspberry.

The first part of today’s session was spent sorting out vocals and organizing a string section and stand-up bass player. It’s so cool to have all these amazing musicians available to play on my album. And after hearing the string arrangement for A Little More Fine and seeing the joy on Bleu’s face I am very excited about the quartet that is coming in next week.

Then it was onto vocal harmonies for Every Time You Catch Me. The production on this one is huge and I love it!! I love it when Bleu is going through my vocals making approving noises. So in celebration of this we broke open today’s chocolate… Black Salt and Burnt Sugar Caramel 70% chocolate. It just might be better than yesterday’s bacon.

After Joe recorded some amazing drums, once again, everyone was really excited and there was a great atmosphere in the studio… maybe it was all the sugar consumed but either way we were having fun. In fact at the end of the day Bleu declared that it was probably the most fun he’d had at the studio ever. πŸ™‚

We ended the day by going out for Mexican… I am mexican food convert… especially when it comes with blood orange tequila!

LA Take 2 – Day 3 – BACON!

I know I’m getting away from the real reason I’m here… but when I found bacon chocolate I was ecstatic. I mean it’s chocolate…. AND bacon! Bacon chocolate!

Okay… back to the music.

Today we had the pleasure of having Kiara Perico come in today and record some viola parts for Breathe In Breathe Out and Bleu’s string arrangement really blew me away. Viola is such a cool instrument… so rich. I do need to apologize to Kiara though for writing a song in Db… or C#… either way, a lot of accidentals.

It was also nice to have another girl in the studio today… not that I don’t adore the boys, ’cause I do… but… you know πŸ™‚

After being fuelled by the bacon chocolate, Joe put down some sick drums… a-hem… I mean really good drums. I’m trying to acquire the lingo.. it doesn’t really sound right with my accent.

By 9pm it was time for food and I got to eat at yet another wonderful LA restaurant. I am going to fully take advantage of this not having to cook thing… with wine, of course πŸ™‚

LA Take 2 – Day 2 – Wind

No, not that kind of wind. Today we got the wind ensemble arrangements for a very new song called Little Room. One of the instruments is flute, which means I can put my long time skills to some use.. finally!

I also decided to chart this trip with chocolate. I know… it’s going to be a struggle, but I think I will get through it. Today’s recording is brought to you by Divine’s 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries. As you can see… it’s rather delicious.

So back to the wind. The arrangement is insane… and by insane, I mean insane. πŸ™‚ Bleu spent quite a while tweaking the arrangement while Joe and I spent time getting down the some serious work of taking silly photos. πŸ™‚

While Bleu continued to beaver away on the wind I had a little time to practise the tunes I will be playing at Room 5 next week – Wed 25th April and it turns out that also playing that night is a singer, Jess Furman, who Bleu’s manager, Stacey Peck, also represents. I love it when things like that happen.

After Bleu sorted out his wind (sorry, I can’t help it) Joe Seiders did his percussion thing and everyone was bobbing along to the song. It’s amazing what happens when all the parts are put together… and we haven’t even recorded the real wind instruments yet.

LA Take 2 – Day 1

While I am away I try to be vaguely healthy, mainly so I have plenty of energy to get everything done with a clear head. So starting the first day by having cold pizza for breakfast was probably not the way to go but laziness took over and it was there.

Guilt then took me to the local whole foods market where I picked up some healthy stuff to keep me on the right track… plus a little gourmet chocolate. πŸ™‚

After Mexican for lunch (ostrich tacos! See above) we got down to business and Bleu played me what he had been working on production-wise. Although I had now gotten used to my songs sounding different… it’s always a slight shock to hear a completely different treatment, but by the end of the song my ears had adjusted and I really love it.

One thing I have discovered about Bleu is that he bluntly honest, a quality I am very much used to at home with my husband. If I ask him if I look bad in certain clothes he is allowed to be honest It’s a quality I admire when done without malice. So when Bleu exclaims that he really likes a song or a lyric that I’ve written, I know he really means it and that means a lot to me.

We worked on a couple of songs today. I love watching a new song emerge out of my original recording. The process is fascinating and the feel can changed several times in an hour… especially when Joe starts hitting things.

After recording a bunch of harmonies and realizing it was well after 10pm it was time for wine… and fish and chips, fried in duck fat… yum!