I was setting out to do a nice tidy last blog of the tour when I noticed a dearth of vidoe fooatge from the last part of the tour.
True, for our last show in Iowa we were pressed for time and I didn't video much, but the following day as we did some touristy stuff with Jo, things went badly for my camera..phone...thing.
I had saved the data and restored it to another phone but it looks like there are some pics and vids missing...
Might take some digging through the data dump to get the rest of the pics out.
Recording for The Flood and the 'other' song continues today. This simple stuff is hard. Especially when it's instrumental. Nowhere to hide.
What normally gets done in a flash took me an hour yesterday at the end of which i still wasn't happy with it. 4 notes. WTF.
I mental blocked on one part of the phrase, stuck the reed constantly on another, eventually having to break out the tool kit to mess with the harp. Not a good sign. Blaming the instrument or Actual problem. Hmm. 50/50 chance methinks.
Fortunately Ben has an hour for me to have another shot. Yay.
I have to get in the zone.
Breathe in, breathe out. Repeat. Now put Harmonica in Mouth. Yeah, that's the way!
Also file down that flamin' reed.
This is the 2nd vid I have posted of this track. the first was recorded during sound check at the Garlic Festival in Bloomington and it looks like the name has stuck.
Perhaps it'll be a little like "Sweet Misery' - slghtly different each time it's played.
This track is on schedule for a 'proper' recording soon, but the shaky cam version here is decent sound but great performance.
Every now and again you get your ducks in order and you have a profoundly good day. I reckon that ought to be celebrated.
For those of you who aren't me (turns out that's quite a few), here's some of my good day.
We're in a purple patch of songwriting. Our preproduction process is highly effective. Communication is excellent. Willingness to accept criticism and to modify parts and ideas is trending up.
The sports psychology term for this is 'in the zone', or in the vernacular, 'f--k yeah'.
Jo joined us in the studio as we recorded 'The flood' but that's only a Mid Level Score.
Bonus points came for Cello inclusion, courtesy of the out-freaking-standingly tonal Geoff Gartner. Mr Wizard just shook his head and said 'man, listen to that intonation'.
PLUS double bass courtesy of BillWill, bowing, harmonies, bongos. Better yet, I get to listen to the guide track. Soz guys you know the rules, they wont let me share until mastering...
But I got some footage of our String Section in action.
How good is this eh? Geoff is one serious Jedi Level cat.
Out fricking standing.
Mixing and fixing underway. More songs to record.
A good day.
Cheers Ben. Thanks Geoff.
How bout that for a headline eh?
We're doing a long set at the Townie tonight after our support act cancelled.
After recent rehearsals a number of new candidate mutants were selected from the breeding vats and prodded electrically to stand in the arena and MAKE COMBAT!!
5 song enter, some songs leave.
Yeah thats more like it
We loved Ron Teamers song "Sweet Mama Told Me' so much we wanted to cover it.
I asked Ron for the words, but he'd forgotten 'em and told me to make some up.
I used the 3rd verse I recorded on the video (see us tour videoblog 16) and took some notes on what he said the song was about and filled in the blanks.
So that one comes in. Plus Rock River gets a live run. Plus an instrumental by Rosie and a new cover.
Introducing 5 new songs into a set was a pretty decent effort, we thought.
Re-jigging the set, resting some songs, shifting the placement of others - we fricking agonise over this stuff. See those cards? See those leetle teeny tiny notes?
I dont want to talk about the notes.
Let's just say that to mod a set is a task. It's an art more than a science.
Nonetheless, after we had timed out our normal 2 set with a 3rd bracket opener we realised we were still potentially short for the long long show tonight.
Until we relooked at the Source Song pile again and realised we still had another 30 songs in the stack.
Hmmm....what are all these in the pile...ah...I see
We have this whole raft of 'nice' songs that Mr Wizard doesn't want to play at night, in pubs, cos they're too...'nice'.
I suggested to Mr Wizard that he thinks he's in a band with tough, tattooed, hard core blokes. (Hey Kingy, you still owe me for that website bro).
The fact is I LIKE all that 'nice' stuff and I dont do the screamy raspy voice deal. That leads to Mr Wizards Darkest fear.
Which is, I think, kind of ironic in that I LIKE the Carpenters. I mean, Karen Carpenter had a knockout voice, yes?
As Mr Rebeck said when we added the Doo Wop to 'Push Me Away'
'Man, you guys are just fearless huh?'
Well, not quite. But we're plucky.
So, to wrap up, three hours of this sort of discussion with random segues led to a set list. As we concluded Mr Wizard said quite genuinely, 'Well that was easy', and for us, it was.