Recording Day

Let me tell you, it was a cold day.  A cold flipping day.  My gear was loaded, and I was on my way to Johnson County Community College.  If you know anything about JCCC, you will likely know that they have all of the amenities of a State University, including a state-of-the-art ProTools setup, and as it turns out, the perfect space to record in.

We were finally ready, after a year of writing and rehearsing, to lay down a few tracks for our demo. 

When I arrived, I set up on the stage at Yardley Hall; heavy, black velvet curtains all around us.  All of Ian's hard work manifest in the setup he had spent so much of his time on, over the previous days.

On this stage, surrounded by the kind of technology we all love to be immersed in; boards, amps, cabs, pedals, drums, guitars, microphones, there was an air of anticipation and already a sense of satiety.  Getting to this time and place, through all of our hard work over the previous 12 months, had seen some reward, but with our eyes always on the goal, we had not yet stopped to enjoy the view.  Now, at the crest, we were within sight of tangible evidence of our efforts, and even though we hadn't yet recorded a note, there was a sense that we had arrived.

The cold had faded from my bones by the time I had set up.  Sean arrived and quickly got his set in place.  After a few minor tweaks to microphones, we were ready to begin getting levels in earnest.  This took some time.  It always takes time, when you are trying to do it right, but before long we were ready to go.

The goal was three songs, four if we were lucky.  We started with Five Over Six, a dynamic song; heavy at times, delicate at other, and we had to work out our jitters, and after a few takes we got it pretty close.  We listened and went for another, for good measure.  Next was Fire In The Rear View.  This was one of the first songs we had written, and we had played it so many times that we were able to nail it on the second take.  It is more straight-forward rock than our other stuff, and has great energy.  It is always fun to play, and this time was no exception.  

Now, it was time for Shadows, which we had worked on for a long time, but it is one of those songs that is a little different each time we play it.  We like to experiment, but this song lends itself to a good jam at the end, so we let it fly a few times, knowing that the end result might not be quite like the way we play it on any given night.  

By the time we got the perfect take for Shadows, time was short, and the weather was getting worse.  Here in our musical igloo, we were warm and happy, and had told stories together in the language of sound and silence.  

This was one of those times where the process and the result were both rewards, and in the next few weeks we would tweak and touch up our songs.  It is a lot of work for a demo, but this is the way we do things.  

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