All (good) things must pass. . .and so we drove back to NYC from the wilds of NH. . .into endless traffic and stress. . .directly to Colin Marston’s Menegroth Studio so we could load in the gear Friday evening. I stopped at the New Haven Sam Ash off the Merritt Parkway to pick up some new heads. . .rolled up to the Woodhaven studio around 8:15pm I believe. Unpacked and set up drums, changed heads, tried to stay calm and positive about the session.
I’ve been enjoying Josh Quillen‘s latest “honesty” posts on Facebook – wherein he describes his performances exactly as he experienced them. For mortals like ourselves it’s a good reminder to see that we all have doubts – sometimes major ones.
The writing process for me has been gratifying and stressful. . .am I staying close enough to the vision of the project? Does it matter that some of these tracks are not adhering to the strict vision I set out for us? Well. . .no. . .and yes. Sure it matters. . .but it’s also important that we just stay true to whatever it is we created. I think we’re all excited about how odd a lot of the music ended up.
We put in two solid days this weekend. . .and here’s a video of contact mics on bells for you to sample. That’s a mixing bowl by the way.
The next step for this project is a vocal recording session which will happen at the end of Jan. . .which will allow us to digest the percussion material and craft the vocals as best we can.
The photo is of Carson Moody writing out a handclap part for Matt Evans to perform on an overdub. . .