Thursday, September 23, 2010

Magical Moment 231, "The Drums!"

Whew! Today was the first official day of recording for my EP with Modern Vintage Recordings. After much blood, sweat, and tears, we chose 8 of my songs to track, although 3 of them may still be eliminated. Previously, we recorded very simple guides with only my voice and piano. The musicians use this as a base to record with so they have the feel for the tempo, style, and length of the song.

The first instrument we recorded was drums. Doug Yowell, who has played with Suzane Vega and Duncan Shiek to name a few, was the drummer and he was AMAZING. He recorded 8 tracks in about 4 hours and contributed greatly to the project with his spontaneity and creativity. It's mind boggling to think that he was able to construct such a driving, detailed, and passionate drum arrangement with only an obnoxious click track and rough melody of my scratchy, out of tune voice. It's clear that drums are the backbone and framework for any piece of music and I'm proud to have him play on my EP.

This is a short video of snippets I took from the day. You'll see Doug Yowell at the drums, and one of my producers, Eshy at the controls. You'll hear my clunky piano and icky voice (the final vocal recording is WAY down the line!). I'm thrilled that the first step in my next step went so well. Now that the drums are set, we can continue to weave the rest of the pieces into place!

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Here are my blogs in order, as I chronicle my process to record an EP with Modern Vintage Recordings: