Thursday, May 3, 2012

Oh Nooooooooo! Pre-pro!

I don’t get out that much. So I don’t know what the rest of the world does to get ready to record an album. What I do know is that the work I’ve been doing to get ready for my 2nd round of recording is some of the hardest – and most gratifying – work I have ever done.

For my upcoming CD, I really wanted to go places I had not gone, both literally and figuratively. That’s why I enlisted the help of songwriter Gary Beard to be producer on the project. Because let’s face it, my thought processes can be like the fireflies in Summer: they disappear here and reappear there – they’re everywhere and nowhere.   blink! – darkness – blink! – darkness – blink!  And up until this project, I thought that was the only way to write: “Let the words come like fireflies” (copyright!) What I am learning – albeit in baby steps, mind you -- is focus, craft, and discipline…..tempered with a sprinkling of firefly.

A project of this level requires a lot of all of the above.  

For the past few months, we’ve been doing pre-production work, so that when we go into the studio, we are not wasting a second of time. During pre-pro, we've been working on:

Song selection
Song structure and lyrics
Recording the guitar tracks and vocals for the “work tapes.”
Delivery/Performance of the song
Each song is an individual and must receive its own attention, you see.

In a very short while now, we’ll be back in Nashville, making this record. And the pre-production work is almost finished.  More to come……


  1. I'm very excited for you! The session is going to go great.

    I admire your willingness to try new things and go to new places. Definitely a sign of a true artist --you will do whatever you can to grow and break through old boundaries. Good for you!

    Also, I find it so interesting to read about all that goes into pre-production, and all the thought you have to give to each song and the shape of the album. I hope you blog about your next trip to Nashville as soon as possible. Can't wait to read more about it. Godspeed and good luck!

    1. well, you flatter me. but yeah, it's so totally all about growing! i'll be blogging .....

  2. You WILL rock it friend!! Not to worry- after all the first three songs are awesome. Good luck and have FUN!!

  3. good luck in nashville! enjoy each and every moment, and have a blast.