So that’s what that does…
Saturday’s session was a lot of fun. We cut good takes of two tunes and the process is together. The rig has been cleverly dubbed the “tree board”. I draw the line at a three tier keyboard stand and in no way could seriously play a keytar. Even though I would try against all credible advice not to.
We’ve been talking about the recording approach and it got me thinking about trying to record a song performance instead of building a song track by track. Both processes have their advantages and drawbacks. Recording these compositions makes me appreciate the level of musicianship of those who laid down some of the greatest music ever with multiple people all playing at once. Resolving the conflict between striving for perfection and keeping it loose so it swings is fascinating. Trying to find that space within the space is the pursuit for the elusive balance of intellect and emotion. The groove within the groove is working in your personal touch whether it be a technique or a figure signature into the rhythm and melody of the composition.
Gathering thoughts about this project has uncovered some insights into the process. The desire to deliver is helping to raise the bar. It’s more than wanting to play well or not wanting to record a seven minute song again because you bail on the last figure of the track. The grin gets bigger when the groove is the figure.
We got in the studio last night to work over the arrangements for two numbers and got two very different results. We got a really good take of one tune. The other arrangement is ready to go we just have to get it on disc and last night wasn’t the night. Some pieces take a long time to find their identity. We actually stumbled upon a new idea while trying to cut the arrangement we already had. Not to mention the two other parts that popped out of thin air earlier in the week during practice for the session last night. It’s hard to know when a piece has enough pieces and is its own body of work with a really good story to tell. Apparently this composition is still in the editorial process and wants an extension on the deadline.
Modified the rig by adding a three tier stand to consolidate the double single stand split. When I picked up the MM6 for bass sounds it didn’t occur to me then to get one. So I set it up and still have some adjustments to make to get comfortable but am looking forward to the benefit of only having to move my eyes instead of both my eyes and my head while playing. I’m trying to wrap my brain around the fact that the stand can confine and simplify at the same time.
So ready for take 2!