Woke up feeling a little homesick this morning. This is the longest I’ve been away from my family in a long time and I really miss them.
Anyway… enough sharing… back in the studio we started the final song for this album, Don’t Come Around Here… my angry song. This is going to be totally different version to the one I did on an album in 2009. It has the ‘Bleu’ stamp on it. Bleu put down some piano while Joe got to engineer again. I think he was happy…
When Bleu suggest that Joe whip out his accordion I was worried and a little excited. Excitement prevailed and he recorded some really cool sounds.
I almost forgot… today’s chocolate was pear almond… which was very nice and kept me going for my gig.
We got to Room 5 way too early so it was Manhattan time for Bleu and water for me. The gig was so much fun… what a great room Room 5 is. And the sound by Kevin was a joy. All the pigFactory guys came along as did Stacey Peck, Bleu’s manager and all round lovely person. As soon as Bleu got up to play with me my energy level really went up and I think it sounded awesome.
Jess Furman played after me and had am amazing voice and songs, as did Casey Hurt. Evening was rounded off nicely with a glass of pino grigio and bangers and mash. 🙂
Tiredness kicked in today, partly due to some flower blooming and setting of my allergies… so I had to buy extra chocolate today.
We had the string quartet coming in today so Bleu and Joe spent the time preparing all the parts for them. This gave me a little time to rehearse the songs I will be playing tomorrow at Room 5. Not sure whether to go with the ‘pick and card’ type of gig or actually put my songs into some cohesive order. Probably should do the latter although I do like the element of slight disorder.
Keatly from pigFactory popped in again today to see how we were doing. His toes were tapping so I think he likes it. He hung around for a while which was nice.
The string quartet, called The Section Quartet, along with their sound engineer arrived and set up and were the most lovely people… and so incredibly talented. When they started playing my tune I welled up… and those of you who know me, know I am not a weller… I lack the sentiment gene, but somehow I found it today. Beautiful!
On violins were Eric Gorfain, Daphne Chen (with the lovely boots… I had boot envy), on viola Leah Katz (with great hair… short and blond), on cello Richard Dodd, and wonderfully engineered by Steven Rhodes. This was certainly one of the highlights of this recording.
Then it was more mexican food time and Bleu and I headed back to his to go over some tunes for tomorrow… sounding awesome… can’t wait.
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. 🙂 Bleu spent quite a while tweaking the arrangement while Joe and I spent time getting down the some serious work of taking silly photos. 🙂
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.