WE'RE GOING INTO THE STUDIO THIS WEEK!!!
YES! The day has FINALLY come! The studio time is booked, the team is assembled, and best of all, I get to use all of the Kickstarter money before the government can get their hands on it!
But wait! It get's better! My very favorite person, JACK CONTE is going to be producing the album! (I'm going to just stop using exclamation points now. Please assume that every sentence is followed by a trail of exclamation points.)
So here's how it's gonna go down: I've written fifteen songs and we plan to record all of them in ten days at an incredible studio in Sonoma. We'll be working with a very talented and accomplished engineer, by the name of Oz Fritz. He's worked on numerous amazing records, including Tom Wait's Bone Machine AND Lauren O'Connell's upcoming album. The drummer is also one of Wait's go-to-guys. His name is Stephen Hodges, and he's got grooves that make the Grand Canyon look flat. Was that a lame thing to say? I feel like it was...
ANYhoo...The extraordinarily talented Ryan Lerman will be on electric guitar and other stringed instruments. You may recognize him from Pomplamoose's cover of Sandman. You may also have witnessed his great skills on stage if you've been to one of our live shows (or one of BEN FOLD'S live shows...) And David Piltch will be playing the upright bass. Aside from being a really cool guy, he is also k.d. lang's bassist and has played on a plethora of incredible albums (Sam Phillip's Boot and a Shoe is one of my personal favorites). There will also be strings, horns and organ on several of the songs, and we have some amazing people lined up for those as well.
So yeah...I'm pretty stoked about my band.
I'm also pretty stoked about the film crew that will be documenting the whole thing. Eric Kallevig will be directing the shoot with his cinematographer Mark Gamsey. They've got great cameras, lights and most importantly IDEAS that will make these VideoSongs stand out from anything I've ever done before.
There's more, but I think that's enough excitement for one day.
Oh wait. One more thing. Just because we're recording in December doesn't mean that the album will be out in January. There will be a period of post-production and video-editing once the tracking is finished, so I don't expect the album to be released until April...
The GOOD news is that I will have more time to fulfill the thousands of Kickstarter pledges, so if you pledged for a VideoSong cover, I'll be putting that up on YouTube before the album is released.
As always, you can contact me with questions or concerns by writing me a message on Kickstarter. If you're not following me on Twitter you should, because I'll be posting lots of updates and pictures during the recording process.
Thank you again to everyone for your patience and investment in this project. I can't believe that I'll be watching my dreams unfold THIS WEEK!!! There I go again with the exclamation points...I should quit while I'm ahead.
Still burgeoning with joy and gratitude, (yes, burgeoning is a strange word...)