Mixing The Record
I've spent the last seven days sitting next to Elvis 'helping' him mix this record. He'd probably say I'm helping a lot, but truth be told there is no man on earth with the talent he has to make our songs shine. He's passionate and gifted and inspired and loves it. It's truly an honor to sit beside him during this process.
Every day is like Christmas. We open a song, and Elvis starts on the drums, I help him sort through the guitars, and then he puts me in the captains chair to finish the programming of strings, piano and organs, and I print those.
Then the big reveal happens.
He hasn't heard the songs yet, so his initial reaction is always the best to watch. We both look at each other and say, "Here we go!" And he drops the vocal in. The vocal ties it all together, and at this point we're all smiles. I feed off his discovery of the song, and he feeds off of my reaction to how he's made it sound. It's been one of the most rewarding processes I've ever experienced.
I've shouldered the burden of producing this record for 4 months, and writing it for over a year, and I have to say I've never felt more relief than when I'm sitting next to him. I get to share it with him, he takes it off of my shoulders with ease, and it's a wonderful feeling.
We're over half way through, and I can honestly say this is already my favorite record we've done. Elvis' keeps saying that it's his favorite too... but maybe we're not reliable sources. We're just having too much fun to know if our emotions are right.
For those of you who prefer Albatross, there are 3 songs you will gravitate to. For those of you who like The Silver Cord, there are probably 5 songs you will gravitate to. For those of you who like when we stretch the boundaries a bit, there are another 4 tracks you'll probably be ecstatic about. For those of you who like all of our music regardless of the style, I think this record could slowly creep into your top spot. It's already slipped into mine, beyond The Silver Cord.
I can't wait to sit back and listen to this thing front to back!