We’re in the endgame for the album
now. Everything’s been recorded and sung, and most of the choices are
behind us. These days my work involves hovering at a respectful
distance while the engineer turns knobs, listening for hours so I can
give a few seconds of input: turn the horns down here, more of the room
mics on the piano on this song, I can’t hear the lyrics at the end of
this line. Tonight’s the last night of mix recalls—final small
adjustments before this thing goes off to mastering.
I’ve been getting plenty of sleep, eating well and all that, and the
days go by at the kind of leisurely pace I imagine most of you would
envy. Yet there’s this sense of depletion, like something was spent and
needs replenishing. I guess I know why. More than the previous three
records, I really put myself on this album. It’s the truest expression
so far of who I am and what I want my music to be. Which is a hell of a
lot of work and quite scary, to be honest with you. But also something
to be pleased with and excited about sending into the world.
Much credit goes to Alex Wong, who’s thrown himself wholeheartedly
into all aspects of this album and logged more hours than any sane
producer ought to; and to Eddie Jackson, who is both perfectionist
fun to work with, that paradox that epitomizes good engineers. Look for
the names of these two gentlemen. They are going places.
So these days I’m tired and happy and anxious and generally itching
to take on a totally different project. Combine that with long periods
of “standby” time in the studio and you get…VT turns political junkie!
Stay tuned. (No soapboxing, I promise. Just useful links.)
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