Another sleeping in day!
Ryan had to go pick up a pop up tent trailer for
his family, so I slept in till 10:30. Aaaahh!
That’s crazy late. In my defense, I did not go to sleep
until the wee hours, so it doesn’t really count as sleeping in!
I worked on some things for t-shirt and sticker design,
and practiced some vocal stuff, while I waited for Ryan to get back.
He got back around 11:30am.
It’s been a fairly “lazy” day because
Ryan has lots of vocals to edit before we can move on.
While he worked on editing, I’d had enough of my voice,
so I sat and talked with Ryan’s lovely wife, Amanda.
She just had her fourth child 4 weeks ago.
She’s been super great – very hospitable, feeding me,
not complaining about her husband being up so late workin.g
on my record, being the generally wonderful person that she is.
It was nice to sit and talk.
We still had 4 songs to finish vocals for.
Ryan took a break from editing so we could record vocals for
“Eyes of a Child”, and some more takes for “No Going Back”
and “So Long Insecurity”. We tried the final song “Not Be Afraid”
but my voice needed a rest. Ryan went back to comp-ing vocals,
and I read some articles from a music marketing guru on…
..music marketing. Really great information. I’m trying to get a plan
together to promote my record’s release.
So much to think about, and lots of work to do!!
We took a break to eat some dinner - spaghetti and salad by the
fabulous Amanda. I have failed to mention eating until now.
We have been taking meal breaks and eating, just not very often.
We eat breakfast before we begin in the morning.
Ryan usually takes a few minutes in the afternoon for lunch – I don’t,
and we always break for dinner. I have several dietary restrictions and
sometimes it's easier to not eat. Especially being up here
recording - I don't want to mess anything up and get sick.
I did bring my own food, but Amanda insists on feeding me.
She has been very sensitive to my restrictions, although
I certainly have not expected her to.
After dinner I facetimed my family –
they are missing me terribly – it’s good for them. :-)
After more editing on Ryan’s part, we have to record vocals
for the final song, then we’ve got Sam and Jer coming back
to lay down drum and bass tracks for “Run Free”
and “The Rainbow”! These two songs are already recorded
and produced. I am SO excited to hear what they will do
We finished up vocals for “Not Be Afraid” – the last one!
I had a little breakdown for a moment...or more.
As I was singing through “Not Be Afraid” – which happens
to be about choosing to live life without the fear of death –
Ryan said (in one of his many ridiculous accents)
“really listen the words and sing them from your heart”.
In the middle of the song he stopped me and suggested
a small lyric change that was more poignant.
He said that this particular part of the song should feel like
I was "falling apart" a bit more. We thought about what to throw
into this spot. He came up with something he wanted me to try,
it was really so simple, but when I sang it, I totally lost it – I fell apart.
I guess the lyric change had the intended affect!
Yeah, embarrassing, but he had no idea. I just told him I needed
a minute, and tried to compose myself. I did actually have to
step out to the bathroom because I couldn’t get a grip.
Now you know what went into that song!
Great timing. Sam and Jer just arrived, so I’m off
to hear some musical magic being made, once I pull myself together!
Just finished up with Sam and Jer.
They are freaking awesome!
They laid down some pretty sweet beats for
“Run Free” and “The Rainbow”!
All the songs are really coming together now.
Tomorrow the electric guitarist is coming for 2 days.
I absolutely cannot wait to hear what he is going to do with
my songs. This is all SO ridiculously exciting!!
I cannot wait for you to hear everything we are creating!
It’s still very difficult to believe this is actually
happening – that I’m not going to wake up and have it all
disappear. I’m so emotional over it all. I wish for everyone to
experience this kind of excitement at least once in their life.
On that note – it’s now 1:00am.
Sleep well and I’ll be back in the morning.