I have a lot of backed up news from the time I’m been away from the blog. Last November I recorded The Honey Trees here at my studio in Springfield. Jacob and Becky came in with a very open mind and really wanted to collaborate on this album. I was able to take a lot of liberties as a producer, and they were very open to taking risks. This makes my job feel much less like work, and more like an inspired vacation. There is currently no release date for the album, but they should be announcing one soon. Here are some pictures from last November. By the way, has there every been a more beautiful couple??? The answer is no- no there hasn’t.
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This entry was taken from October 28th, 2011. We were reworking the verses on Chemical Reaction. If you were curious about what that piano sound on the verses was, you can see it in the picture below. I remember this day well…
It’s been a great week so far here with Darren and Stacy. Looks like we may have finally come up with a name for this project, but I will wait until it’s official to announce. They got here on my birthday (best gift ever!) but as the first day of working went on, my ever so slight ear-itation turned into a full fledged ear infection. Mostly better now! As always, I’ve been taking lots of pictures of our process. Here are a few from yesterday:
Back to work! By the way, I’m posting lots of this stuff in my Instagram as well. Thanks for reading!
Friends, it was an eventful weekend. I achieved one of my long time goals- playing music live with one of my favorite songwriters- Jon Foreman. Switchfoot was playing here in Springfield at the Gillioz last Friday, and before the show Jon asked me if I’d like to accompany him on the cello for the after-show show. We did four songs in the parking lot behind the Gillioz, to a crowd of people that hung around after the show. It was truly an honor! Of course I don’t play the cello in a live setting all that often, so I was a little terrified, but still had fun. I neglected to get ANY pictures of the performance, so if you were there and took pics, please email them to me! (email@example.com)
I’ve been keeping something a secret for quite some time, but I think it’s safe to let you all in on this now. Jon is working on a new solo album, and I wrote some string/piano arrangements for two of the songs. Since he tweeted about this the other day, I figured it was safe to talk a little bit about it. I’m not exactly sure when this album is set to be released, but I’m so excited for you all to hear these two songs. Some of Jon’s best songs yet!
I’ve really been in a collaborative mood this year. I’ve put aside writing much of anything for myself so I could work with Stacy, and Jon among others. It’s just where I’m at right now. I’m working on filling up my fall schedule right now, so if you are interested in booking any studio time with me- long distance, or in Springfield, please let me know asap. After the fall, I’ll probably jump back into working on a new album of my own full time.
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(Above photos by Miguel Escobar)
(Above photo by Aaron Tamayo)
Hard Rock Cafe
(Above photos by Krystle Miller)
I have SO many things to blog this week, I’ll do my best to get caught up again. Thanks to everyone who came out to our shows this week, and a special thanks to those of you who took pictures! Got several more shows to go too! Thanks for reading.
Elsie and I have been in LA for a few days now. Darren and Stacy will arrive on Monday, but I wanted to get here early to rehearse with the string players ahead of time. I met with two of the girls last night and our rehearsal was fun, but mostly useless. I say useless because the girls knew their parts better than I knew mine, and I left feeling like perhaps I should have stayed home and practiced a little more… But it was fun!
This also happened yesterday:
Yep. We got our first run of CD’s in. We also received this:
Our test pressings for the vinyl!
It’s going to be a busy week here, and I’m going to try my best to take it all in, and just enjoy myself. I tend to spend a lot of time wondering what’s about to go wrong, and how I’m going to fix those things that could go wrong. This release is really important to me, and worrying is my way of trying to use my brain to keep everything in line. But it doesn’t work. That’s why I’m glad Elsie is here with me. She keeps me in a positive mindset, and gives me just enough distraction to feel like I’m enjoying myself. And I am so far.
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