I want to share a few snapshots from our recording sessions for our new worship album, and tell you that you can go ahead and get very excited about the new music that is coming your way! I’ll try to make some notes about our process without using too much musician speak.
Above, we recorded vocals and instruments live (in this case together with Dave Wilton) in one room while Robert Crawford, below, recorded drums in a separate one. Recording together like this allows the songs feel live and spontaneous in a way that studio recordings seldom do; we were able to take time to respond musically in the moment to the Lord and to each other, and often didn’t have a strict map of the songs when we pressed record.
We then went back and recorded the final acoustic instruments and vocals individually, so they sound gorgeous in a way that live recordings usually don’t. So we got some of the best of both worlds of live and studio recording.
I fell in love with this mid-century Kay banjo apparently made for one of the military big bands or jazz bands when I found it at Tejon Street Music and it was a good add to a couple of songs.
Dave, captured by music.
We ended the experience with Rebecca, Wendy Jo, Anthony, Libbie, Todd, Ally, and Kate who came to sing their hearts out and celebrate the end of the week of recording with us.
Although most of Laurie’s and my recording work is now done, we have Dave hard at work on editing, mixing, and mastering, and we have plenty to do in the area of art, design, manufacturing, and strategizing how to spread this blessing as far and wide as possible. We appreciate your prayers during this very important phase of the project.
And of course, we’ll let you know when we schedule the official release (our crowd-funders will get it early) so you can plan your first prayer night or road trip with this new soundtrack.
PS, we are also going to break from our normal blogging rhythm for a while as we shift gears in a few different areas–expect new and great things. Thanks for reading.November 4, 2013