Usually Mondays are a drag but this week has a few highlights to look forward to even though its the first day of school. We head to Port Orange tomorrow for our first session to record for the album. Thursday night we head back to Will’s Pub to drop the jammage with Neon Nite Club, The TonTons, and the Wolly Bushman. The show starts at 9:00 pm and a great night of live music is waiting for us all.
In other news, Patrick is subbing on drums with my other project funkUs for two dates next week. We open for Dumpstaphunk at the Social on 8/29 and open for Robbie Krieger’s Jam Kitchen at the Plaza on 9/1. Check the links below to get the show details. See you there!
Listening to the playback from the demo sessions. The process has been really satisfying to refine ideas that started as random jammage into tight arrangements. Play, record, listen, discuss, then repeat. Raising the bar to get great takes of original music is a fun challenge. I kept thinking about that Dave Grhol quote about getting in a room with your buds and jamming out until you get where you want to be musically while we worked over the last two days. It was hard but anything worth doing always is. We had to focus to get cuts we both were happy with but in the end we got it done and the prep is almost complete before we hit the road to the studio later this month.
Our buddy Rhen from West End posted a video from our gig there back in June. I chuckled at the coincidence because the video was for our tune “Keep It Tight”, which we arranged yesterday for our trip to the studio later this month. The session yielded final arrangements for two cuts that will be on the record and we’re going back to work today in the box to lock in the final arrangements for some more material for the album.
The process has been really cool and challenging at the same time musically. Taking improvised skeletal ideas and formatting a version that still has a place for new things to occur has me on the edge of my seat. I’m really excited and love to play a little more each time Patrick and I get together. When all the dust settles figuring out the order of the tunes and what to call the collection will be the next task.
In the meantime check out the video for “Keep It Tight” http://youtu.be/YLTSxR48mFo recorded at the West End. We appreciate all that Rhen and his team do for live local music. Check out his Facebook page to get the lowdown on what’s going down and catch some of the great local talent out there. We’ll see you on the 22nd at Will’s Pub for our next gig. Until then…