Thursday night rehearsal went well. Rob and Ron were here until 10:00. We got a good practice in.
FRIDAY morning we were all at the studio by 10:30 ready to roll. It took us about an hour to an hour and a half to set up the instruments and sound equipment. We met "Yamio" (Kevin) our sound technician. He is very nice and we can see he is going to do a great job. The first step was to lay down the basic tracks to our songs: keyboard, drums, and guitars. We took several recordings of each song. With a break for dinner, we finally left the studio at 10:00 pm, with a CD containing several tracks of EIGHT different songs! We thought it would take the two days to get six down, so we are really encouraged. We are EXHAUSTED! I didn't realize how taxing this would be. Of course, it is a great feeling, and we feel wonderful, but very tired.
SATURDAY MORNING: We are a little tired, but headed off to Shabbat Service. There we did some songs that we haven't done for a while. It was a refreshing change, after working on the other songs for so long. We had a wonderful Shabbat with all our friends and then headed home. I fell asleep in the chair for a couple of hours. THEN, it was time to go over the songs that we did, choose the best one, and make notes on all the different things that needed to be changed or corrected. Did a little review of a couple of the lyrics that needed changing.
SUNDAY: We spent a little time working on the different violin parts to add to one of the songs. We got a little carried away, and ended up being a half hour late to the studio. Rob and Ron were already there. We set out to record the basic tracts for the last four songs, but it just seemed to be more of a struggle. We just didn't have these last songs down as well, as we were expecting more to do them next weekend. We weren't making much progress and in fact decided to cut the Hassidic Medly. After a lunch break and a photo shoot, we came back and added all the acoustic guitar and extra percussion. This went REALLY smoothly! We did all EIGHT songs, and recorded Patrick's vocals on a couple of songs. The sound quality is astounding! We are encouraged and have put BACK the Hassidic Medley on the list! Guess what time we finished at the studio? 11:00 PM!!! We were home by midnight..... WHO KNEW that recording could be so much work? But wonderful work indeed as we sing and praise our hearts out with the promise of sharing it with the WORLD in a couple of weeks.
From left to right:
Christine: Keyboard/backup vocals
Ron: Lead guitar, bass
Yamio (Kevin): Sound engineer
Patrick: Rhythm Guitar, lead singer