"Today was a real high."
That's what my recording engineer, Mark Karney, wrote in an email to Joann last night, even as I was driving home from a long day and evening in the studio. Mark has engineered all 19 of my CDs, but he thought that the work we did yesterday was exceptional and energizing!
We started with Joe Filisko, who added his blazing, innovative, and tasteful harmonica accompaniments on five songs. Remember the rough mix of We're Going to Pump Out Lake Erie which I shared with you in Update #2? Here's a sample of what Joe had to add to our arrangement.
After a quick lunch, two of my mainstay players from Blue Horizon, (my new band) Joel Simpson and Mike Bradburn, were back in the studio to add more vocal harmony parts on two more songs. Building the vocal harmonies on my CDs involves adding numerous layers of voices, which are then blended in the mix. As a listener, you hear the sum of a lot of voices, but we hope to blend the subtleties of these many layers into a single sound that sets mood and expression of the song. Here's a sample, from "After the Storm," one of my light-hearted new songs that boaters and sailors will love.
Finally, in the evening, I experienced the joy of discovery as I worked with a new vocalist. As I've said before, this CD is a departure for me, connecting with some extremely talented musicians from the next generation.
Danielle Larson has been working with Gary Daigle and Rory Cooney who have been recording with Mark at NorWest for many years. At ease singing in many different styles of music, Danielle was quick to pick up on my ideas, and then took them to a new place that neither of us expected. Here's a quick sample. She added her vocals to the same song that Joel and Mike were working on this afternoon, "After The Storm," And several others. Awesome!
With just a few more days to go on this project, I'm amazed and humbly grateful for all the friends--old and new--who have stepped up to pledge support for this project. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And if you have not yet joined, I hope you'll be able help out, in any small way you can.