No Going Back

I announced my big plan to make a home-recorded album to most people I know. Not to mention posting a blog about it in January. So…. No Going Back! Going forwards is more complex than making a big mission statement, so when my heroic but nebulous idea had morphed into a list of  do-able tracks, I felt relieved.

When other musicians said yes, they’d help out, I felt more relieved.

When we rehearsed the rockier tracks  (rockier as in “more rock’n’roll!” ) with drummer Tom Peterson,  and it sounded okay. I was borderline ecstatic

 loosening up during a pre-production rehearsal

loosening up during a pre-production rehearsal

Now I’m down from the high and trying to remember all that  “what vocals where? which guitar when? which take and why?”  kind of stuff. My half-created tracks are like 14 or 15 little babies all clamouring for attention…..at least two will get thrown out of the pram before I’m done but I don’t know which yet. The loudest ones are getting too much attention. The quieter ones need feeding with fresh inspiration.

Analyse THAT!

 

Laying down

Drum ace Tom Peterson laid down five drum tracks in one afternoon a week after our rehearsal.  With able audio assistance from my partner, Mr Rob Raw, I’ll  lay down lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar,  percussion overdubs and possibly keyboards.

For twice as many tracks as Tom, in fits and starts during whatever spare time I can brutally squeeze from our chaotic schedules.

Then I’ll lay down all the guitar and vocals that didn’t cut it the first time round.

And then I’ll lay down. Period.

To be continued. In the meantime: a solo demo version of one potential track

Kathy Freeman performing her song Serve with Tears live at the 7 Stufen (now the DoDo) Berlin

Baby, it’s cold outside!

I’m in full hibernation mode, surfacing only to secure vital supplies and refill the bird feeder…..Let’s hope this brooding winter darkness helps the creative  groundwork for a new recording….

In the Pipeline: Preproduction  for six shiny new tracks from those three rockin’ musketeers  otherwise known as Kathy X   Preproduction? That’s  yakking over cups of teas about what someone just bought on E-bay, or about next Saturday,  interrupted now and then by frantic musical activity

To be followed by  This-is-it Production…..where it all gets exciting and  I might even post little  pictures of the studio on Facebook