Day One Done

The rehearsal day went great and I've got my first day of basic tracking under my belt and everything went very smoothly. Yay! We were able to get 4 songs done, which was our goal for the first day. And I succeeded in my personal goal which was to not be the weak link in this trio that consists of extremely talented, seasoned musicians, and little ol' me. I totally held my own though and I am proud of myself. :-) Now that I've got one day down, and a couple of the trickier songs taken care of I feel way less nervous about the next couple of days.

The drummer and bassist that I am working with are so friggin awesome! The Sensational Todd Sickafoose and the Marvelous Allison Miller. It is exciting to hear them playing on these tunes and I am having so much fun working with them. I can't wait for you guys to hear this album. We're all going to have to wait a while though. I'm hoping to have the pre-release digital album ready for IndieGogo folks by the end of December. It'll be here before we know it.

My producer, Julie, gave me a great compliment yesterday. She commented on the fact that my energy yesterday was really calm and grounded. I was happy to get that feedback, because that was definitely another goal of mine. I want to walk through this whole process with as much grace as possible.

As you can probably imagine, taking on a project like this is a huge endeavor, and it is all to easy too get caught up in the pressure. We've got 3 days to record the basics for 13 songs-that's not a lot of time. When that tape starts rolling every little thing you play, every tiny mistake on timing or dynamics, is getting captured forever. It could be really stressful. 

But I was really able to keep my perspective yesterday. I just focused on enjoying playing these songs with my amazing rhythm section, and savoring the chance to play them on the gorgeous grand piano that they have at Fantasy. Guys-this piano is literally the nicest piano I have every played on. I am in love! Seriously. I am excited to play it again over the next couple days. :-)

Speaking of which, I should probably get ready to head over to Fantasy for day two. I woke up at 5 this morning and I was so excited I couldn't go back to sleep, so hopefully I can still hold myself together in a mildly sleep-deprived state... Wish me luck.