…something about a bird, a break in the clouds, a conversation at the mailbox… It was going to be about how some of the songs for this new project came to be. Not only did I scrap the title, I scrapped the whole entry. Maybe I’ll come back to that. Maybe.
Things are at a shifting point now. I have the basic tracks down for eight songs:
- (Brings Me) Back Again
- Ed McMahon
- Anastasia’s Lament
- Two Days, Too Short
- Let It Rain
- She Takes Her Picture at Night
It’s been really great having George M. on the project. I have many friends who are musicians…scads. What I needed was a drummer who could listen to my songs, come up with ideas, that would be in line with the vague abstractions inside my head. George fit that bill – perfectly! He’d often send me notes ahead of time, “For that song, I’m thinking…”. Right on the mark. It’s great finding musicians who are not only well-skilled, but can also operate on my wavelength.
As I said, it’s time to shift. I have some other people scheduled to come in and lay down some other instruments. On my last project, NEVER TOO LATE, I did all the instruments and vocals myself. There were two reasons behind that. One, was budgetary: I didn’t need to pay myself! The second reason is, that for much of my musical past, I had kind of hidden behind the shadows of others. It was time to move on, move out. Being my own band was part of that, It was just as much a statement, as was the project title. However, now, I want these other people involved.
Needless to say, the say criterion apply, and I’m very happy to have some very talented people joining me to beef up the tracks: Isaac Young (IYQ, Jennifer Hill & Co.), and Atticus Kelly (Kate Callahan & Echo Joy, the McLovins) will be the next to join me in the studio. Both are not only skilled and versatile musicians, they also bring (as George did) a certain fervor, and passion for creating good music. Guess I’ll have to dub them all honorary Fullertones! I’m planning to add some backup singers on this project (you’ll understand when you hear some of the songs), and will fill you in on who, as things are solidified.
This is also why it’s been great having David Swanson in the engineer’s booth again. He knows me – knows how my musical mind works – knows what I’m getting at when my words are a bit abstract. The project becomes a collaboration with all involved.
Well, time to get off of here and watch the UConn Huskies! Can’t be music ALL the time 😉