LEOPARDWOOD JOURNAL RAW
Notes taken while recording guitar and vocals in the Shearer’s Quarters on a station in the outback Australia.
6 days: April 26th – May 1st 2011
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DAY 2: Wed. April 27th
6:40am. I walked at sunrise and again, imagined the album complete and amazing. I visualize myself sitting at the cafe in Broken Hill, enjoying a celebratory soy latte and writing a card to appletreecafe!!! This is my goal. This is an amazing opportunity, to be at Kalyanka, alone for 6 days!!!
7:58am Gold Field … 128 bpm.. instead of 120. much better.
9:39am oops, did a whole recording of Gold Field and forgot some of the arrangement ideas i had.. so I may need to do a little re-touch — gonna go up to ‘the cafe’ and come back with a fresh coffee and REDO!!!
10:40am I think I have the 11th song.. I wasn’t sure which one should round off the album.. but I started writing a little ditty for appletreecafe while I was waiting for the coffee machine to warm up. I think I’ll record it on the piano, I’ll do it last.. on sunday.
‘ sister lets just brighten up
the sky we are running across
re-tie your red shoelaces
and lets do this.
Like we do, capture sunlight ‘
What a process this is. Working without interruption and with such focus. It feels magical to me.. like I’m in a whole little world, effected by everything. Every part has a purpose.
11:13am Giving Gold Field a rest. Still isn’t sitting right.
11:18am Send it Away.
12:49pm what a gift… i had previously recorded the guitar parts on Send it Away and they were keepers. Raw of course but good. And then a one-taker with the vox and a bit of doubling and I think it’s nearly a wrap. Will check up on it again.
2:39pm Worked on Photographs. Guitar and Vocals!
It’s Ginger Beer O’Clock!
4:04pm did vocals on Outback! coming along… coming along.
5:00pm the Chicken…
run, dinner, shower, chickens
7:25pm it’s dark, starry sky… beautiful temperature. I’m grateful for this amazing weather because it inspires. I’ve got a couple of candles going in my room and a funky lamp that appletreecafe and I picked out. It feels cozy. Gonna pound out some guitar tracks on The Chicken!!
9:00pm K. Guitar tracks done and lead vocals. This is the first time I’ve done a night session and I’ve got to say it was quite productive. Vocals sound warm and have a nice dark color. Might have to keep working at night!!!
9:30pm. Pushed through for another 1/2 hour and recorded some vocals on Leopardwood (the song). Will have a listen tomorrow. I think I captured some grit
Day 2 is done. Yes.