Hello to all my Dreamwalkers out there,
We made great progress this weekend in recording electric guitars. It's a very exciting time as the "sound" of our album is emerging. The sound is full and gorgeous. I am most comfortable with acoustic guitars, so I feel I'm getting an intensive experience with the electrics. I have some great guitars that I don't play all that much, so this is a great opportunity to bond with some of them.
Here is the starting point. Each guitar has it's own personality and quirks, not to mention sound. Patrick Russini is a genius in dialing in the sound and fitting the different sounds together.
On Saturday we worked on two of my songs, Everything Is Changing and Suggestion By Echo. We used a Fender Stratocaster to start and then used the Rickenbacker 12 string (my sound of the 60s guitar). We also used a Gretsch Tennessee Rose to get that Gretsch growl. Pat and I believe in the value of stacking numerous guitars (a la Tom Petty).
On Sunday, we were joined by Debbie Stern as we worked on her song, Don't Give Me A Second Thought (Let Me Be Your First) and my own Magnetic North. I added a Heritage 535 (similar to a Gibson ES-335) to the herd of guitars. The day was intense and productive. Debbie had some great ideas as to how the guitars could work together on her song and it's going to sound great. Magnetic North took a lot of time, but we blended the guitars into a sweet sounding rock and roll anthem.
We are moving forward now and hopefully will finish the electric guitars in a few weeks and then we can start on vocals.This project is 'hard fun.' I had a great time and I'm totally spent but happy.