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April 12, 2009 Recording a debut record, part II

I’m down to the final week of tracking. Things are moving along nicely…

Yesterday my friend Billy Jack (of Man in the Shower,¬†Ba Man Bia, and others) came to Woodfin to lay down some cello for “Dodger”. I had never recorded the instrument before- though it’s always been my dream to play it- so I half-expected some tonal nightmares, but 10 tracks later we got a very lush arrangement. I’ve never heard one of my songs be transformed so immediately. Amazing what those orchestral instruments can do do a rock song.

My friend Simon Goldberg (from just about every Asheville band you can think of) also laid down some trumpet last month. Sweet.

I think the lyrical themes are beginning to unite for this collection…I’m finding that although these songs were written anywhere from 5 years ago (“Car Crash Headline”) to this year (“The Afterlife is A Slideshow”), there is something tying them¬† all together.

I’ve been inspired to make some tools. The box that my amp came in is now serving double duty as my kitchen table and as a bass drum.

Have I forgotten to say how great the tambourine is?


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