Sunday February 13, 2005

 

 


I spent the day today relaxing. I made some ELO CD's for Tom that I think will help his understanding of some of the sounds I'm gonna wanna pull out during mixdown.

Amanda and I watched a chunk of the GRAMMY's during the evening. As always, it was a disappointment. I can't believe that Rod Stewart's schmaltz won over Brian Wilson's masterpiece in Pop Vocal Album and (as much as I love and respect Ray Charles), Kanye should've won album of the year (at least from the choices that we had). At least Loretta won best country album which she absolutely deserved. The rest of the show didn't really do anything for me.


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Saturday February 12, 2005


Here's Tom just after lunch (5 or so p.m.) working on "I Know Too Much (For My Own Good)." Before lunch we got "Sometimes I'm Sam" and "I'll Be Fine." Afterwards the torture began. "I Know Too Much" went down hard but it still went down. "Down" wasn't as easy to get down (excuse my redundance). It was a feisty little bugger. Tom worked and worked - took a few little recesses to visit his Beatles lunch box for inspiration - and finally got it. He won. Then he proceeded to knock out the body of "Taking Its Toll" in one take flat. We did re-do the coda 4 or 5 times but nevertheless, Tom got all 10 drum tracks done in 2 days. Amazing. 6 months ago he couldn't even play to a click. I don't know if I've ever seen anyone improve as fast and furiously as Mr. Bavis. If he keeps it up, I guarantee he'll be a force to be reckoned with!

Frank came out today, too. He didn't get to do any recording but he did some photo documentation for us. At the end of a very tiring day (does it show?), Asa took a few pics of us in the "play room" of the studio. I put one of 'em on the home page. I really like this shot. I'll put up some more from this session when I get a chance.


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Friday February 11, 2005
 

Our new home away from home...D.A.R.C.

 

 


Well, see for yourself by the picture on the left. We're in the studio! Asa Leffer and Eric Friar's Downtown Athens Recording Company (AKA D.A.R.C.) is where it looks like it'll all be put down. We're recording the drums to 2-inch analog then dumping that into ProTools for everything else to be layered on top of. At least that's the plan. Tom got there before me (around 9 a.m.) and he was there 'til about midnight. I did my time from about 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. I just needed to be there to help get Tom's tracks down and left Asa and Tom to do clean up. Tom did an amazing job today. We actually got 5 drum tracks done (that's half the album) in a matter of about 3 hours of recording time. That's the fastest drum tracking has ever gone for any of my projects. We're hoping to knock out the other 5 tomorrow. I didn't think that was reasonable before today. Tom showed me that we have a chance to actually achieve that. I hope we can! Today drums were laid down for "Colors In Black & White," "Towel Cape Song," "Phony", "Until The Road Ends" and "Into My View."

While we were setting up and tuning the drums for the most potential song keys (B-E-B wound up being the chosen tune - which is something I've always wanted to do but could never get done in the past), studio co-owner Eric Friar said we were the "most prepared band that's ever come into this studio." Them's mighty big words and I'm grateful to take 'em.

Oh yeah - and before I went into the studio I kept thinking "What's February 11? It seems significant." I finally figured out, it's the 42 anniversary of the day The Beatles went in to Abbey Road to record their first album (they finished the whole freakin' thing - 10 songs / all tracks in less than 600 minutes). Let's hope there's some symbolism and synchronous energy that we can use there.


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Thursday February 10, 2005


 


Well, I did it. I recorded the vox for "Into My View" and "Sometimes I'm Sam" this morning. My voice is kind of shot but I got through. I had everything mixed by 3 or so, then got copies for everyone that needs 'em (sequenced and optimized) by dark. Now I've got a few hours to rest before I actually go into the REAL studio tomorrow to do it all again.

Oh...so...exhausted.

And I got word via snail mail that my Dad's estate has been settled. Everything's done. I am no longer the executor of an estate. I have been relieved of my legal duties and responsibilities after "satisfactory completion." It only took a year and a half ('sposed to be no longer than 8 months total). The leeches have been vanquished and I protected everything successfully. I hope Dad's proud somewhere.


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Wednesday February 9, 2005

 

 

 

 

Oof...I'm already burned out and not in the ACTUAL studio yet. I began tracking this morning at about 9 a.m. and at 11 p.m. I was still tracking. I did take a break from the guitar around the neck to put the guitar around the neck to go rehearse with the band. Lemme tell you, we are so NOT ready for next week's Washington St. gig. We may have to just not book anymore shows unless they're really important until we get this recording done. Concert and studio mode are completely different for us and it's nearly impossible to do both.

I did manage to finish tracking ALL of the music for preproduction today. Tomorrow, the last couple of vocals and mixing should be done if all goes according to plan. Today, it definitely didn't. I lost Tom's kick on "Into My View" due to a digital glitch and had to spend several hours painstakingly laying back in the kick one beat at a time. Let's just say it sucked to do that.

Oh - also, Center Of The Universe got its first real review today in Flagpole. I agree with the review completely and I thank Michael Wehunt for writing it. Just click here and scroll WAY down (it's about the 12th review) to read it.

And today's the ONE year anniversary of this diary. I never thought I'd be able to have enough discipline to get something in for every day. Well, I did! So screw all you once a week and or month bloggers! I win! Click here to see how it all began!


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Tuesday February 8, 2005

 

 


Ack! I'm still busting it all day each day but at least I'm making progress. I got several of the recordings finished today, including "Taking Its Toll", "I'll Be Fine," "Phony" (re-do of vocals) and
"Down". That's the majority when you add in the ones from last week. I've still got a lot of work to do. A couple of more songs haven't even been started and then there's mixing.


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Monday February 7, 2005

 

 


This week is shaping up to be an incredibly difficult one. I have to do all of the rest of the pre-production on the album and I only have a couple of days left to do it as we're going into the studio this Friday! Today, I did some remixing and instrumental comps to put vocals and overdubs onto. I really do hope to get some of the new mixes and recordings up by the end of the week but I've gotta admit, it's not looking good at this point! Back to work now - no time to write!

Click here for last week with Spike Lee and not much else that's not the same ol' same...


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