Saturday, July 9

Album 4: Day 4

I can't believe we're almost done with our July sessions already...

I am having so much fun with this record. I will confess that previous projects have been far more uncomfortable. When we tracked Mantoloking, I was in the middle of a job change, and I was tremendously intimidated by the magnitude of the whole thing: working with Steve Fisk, arranging a session that involved serious dough and airfare, etc. Before that, tracking, mixing and sequencing Kinda Like Fireworks in 40 HOURS in the near presence of Steve Albini wasn't an afternoon swim, either! :)

Don't get me wrong. It's not entirely old hat, now. I don't take success for granted and I give it my all in every respect. But I'm worrying less and just really enjoying myself. Daniel seems to be in a similar place. For Camry, it's still so new. She clearly doesn't want to drop the ball (and she isn't.) And for Mark, this is a diversion of sorts. A temporary, limited engagement that he's taking seriously but enjoying as a change of pace. A new experience. But to sum it up, the point is that I'm having fun. And it's really groovy to be doing that while creating the biggest bunch of art I've initiated yet!

We finished the last of the band tracks today! I am backing up files as we speak (for the songs we have already transferred from tape.) We took out, in order of appearance, 1) Monica, 2) You're Not Alone, 3) Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader and 4) All Surface (Redux)

The hight point for me was undoubtedly Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader, the first Sexy Accident song written by somebody other than me! The author, of course, is Tobias, my 5-year old son. :) He dropped by the studio with his mom and his brother Jonas, and the band hastily put together the sounds we needed and made some last minute "structural" decisions. When all was (loosely) arranged, we ripped through two takes as a band while toby sang along live. The keeper take was number 2, and it's a gem. I'm just so thrilled to have a song sung and written by my son on this record! And I think he had fun, too. :)

We are solidly on schedule and resume tomorrow morning. It'll be a day of very rough mixes (for vocal practice), a little tracking, and tape transfers into Pro Tools for the songs we tracked today. Then the project goes on pause until August, when we reconvene for a second 5-day run of vocals and overdubs.

Thanks for reading along. More tomorrow! I can honestly say that this record is clearly a big leap forward from Mantoloking, and we can't wait to share it with you! Enjoy your weekend! :)