Fruits of our labors, but not the trees
Posted by: Larry the O 7 years, 9 months ago


One of the pleasures of working at Studio Faire la Nouba is the fruit trees that grow over the fence. Breaks in recording sessions often consist of stumbling out of the windowless studio into the bright sunlight and across the yard a few yards to pick a perfect orange, peach, or apple from one of the musician neighbor's prolific trees. But the sessions for our upcoming album have fallen in spring, after the oranges are gone and before the peaches and apples are out. So we settle for wine and celery with peanut butter.

Inside the studio, everyone retreats to their respective corners and we slug it out, trying to get a complete take we can use, with most of our tracks, including vocals, recorded live. For those unfamiliar with the recording process, this is unusual for the recording of most musical genres. Classical music is typically recorded live (that is, everyone playing in the same room at the same time, not necessarily in front of an audience), but a classical recording is as far from a complete take as you can get. They have jillions and zillions of edits. We only have a few in our tunes.

It's hard work, and kind of pressured, but very, very rewarding. In two weekends of recording sessions, we pretty much have the album in the can, other than some fixes and, possibly a bonus track or so. We have one more weekend of sessions scheduled, so we will see what surprises come out of that.

Rich has been our drug supplier, bringing bottles of Caparone wine and, this past weekend, some fine beers. Tim and Polly provide Scooby-snacks, and Larry and Amanda bring their appetites (a vital contribution).

But there is one key ingredient that has been highly conspicuous in its absence at our sessions: cheese. I mean, Polly is right, manchego is awesome, especially with wine. And yet, we harbor our cheeses for other times.

Analyze and discuss.


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