After yesterday’s session, and again accomplishing the lead vocal parts on four songs, I felt much better about the timing of how many songs we are doing per day, and much more like this is a mountain that is climbable. While we do not yet know the date of the official release, or even what the covers are going to look like (that is a project unto itself), It is good to be over halfway through the recording of the songs. At moments like these it’s good to remember that we are sort of on vacation, and enjoy that part of the journey too. Although I will say, even though there have been moments, hours and even a day here and there that do feel mostly like vacation, there has been enough stress and anxiety to pepper an entire year.
On the drive to the studio today, the rain poured down. I knew driving here that today we would start the day with the song “Longing and ache”. I was feeling well rested and ready to tackle the song despite the hiccup in our process of moving from one hotel to another yesterday. The one we were scheduled to stay in had a broken down pool when we arrived, and so we hunted for something that had a working pool. Luckily the lobby had a TV, which entertained the girls while we found something. The fact that we had to climb back into the hot car and drive again in rush hour traffic was a small set back, however, peanut butter, celery and bananas did well to remedy the discouraged 5 year old (celery was a stand in for a knife, to spread the melted peanut butter on the banana, one bite at a time). With an hour delay and arriving at the hotel just before the downpour, we settled in for the evening.
I recall very well the day that I wrote Longing and Ache last August. I had thought that by then this recording that we are working on now would be well underway. And I knew at that point that it would likely be another year and maybe longer before we got to the studio in Nashville to really do this thing. At this point reflecting on that moment in time, I realize that if I had recorded last summer the songs “There will be air” “Table Grace Café” “Longing and Ache” and “Perfektion with a K” would not have made the cut, mostly because they hadn’t been written yet. Chances are in the next year or more, there will be more songs too. But my point is, in hindsight, I feel grateful that now is the time for recording, and that we have some new material to add to the mix.
We wrapped the day on Saturday early, with one song left to record on Monday, as well as Matt’s vocals and trumpet.