With board games playing a big part of our family tradition, the only thing I realise I CAN rise to, is to play a quick game of 'Shopping List' with mum. (It's a highly taxing game for age 3-7 year olds, that she had just won at her local school raffle, after playing for the children's concert).
Whilst enjoying a fine, midnight feast of the left overs from the army style amount of food for the recording!
Too tired to drive back to my gaff, I go back at the Hotel de Handsley with the family, Completely bushed. In and collapsing. Never played so hard physically and with such emotion. Can't quite explain, but exhausted in every sense of the word, and so many lessons and inspiration for the next part of the road ahead.
One of my favourite moments of the whole recording, playing Polar with the 2 great legends, and my partners in crime for this record, Ruth Goller and Moses Boyd. Two musicians I originally hand picked for their unique sound and approach, and for what they bring to the musical melding pot.
Polar is a particularly deep song for me, inspired by the wild-awe-inspiring barren, natural landscape of Iceland. We played it out with a variety of takes, letting the music take us; I instructed the band to embrace the vision of the landscape and paint the colours together and let it unfold. Each t...
Moses Boyd – always deep in the music, no matter the odd time signatures, or other technical demands; something I realised early on rehearsing with him, he always wants to get underneath the music, playing it until he gets the feel and meaning of the music. And he's always listening, always with you.
He's a deep, caring old soul in a young body, and always with the bigger cause in mind, never one to try to be showing and wow to impress – its all about the vibe and the music.
The band got a break as Sahra and I went in to record an intimate duo. Having recently rehearsed the song, with great results and nominal effort, we felt confident this would be the easy one, The red light was on.
2 or 3 takes later however, after making an official rule in my head that after 3 takes we would move on, we both realised that something just wasn't sitting right between us, although we couldn't pin point or verbalise what it was. The more we forced it and analysed it however, the more contrived it was becoming and the more self-conscious we became - the recipe for disaster! Something I have realised ov...
First tune of the day, and Sahra steps into the booth for the first time adding lyrics to a multi-layered song I've been working on for years. A special song for me, which deeply connects with environmental themes close to my heart. A tough call asking Sahra to soar over the heavy instrumental revolving textures; whilst in other sections improvising live at the time with the band, pushing through to new territory in every take.
A few takes in, its sounding good, but not quite connecting, so we took a short break and had a chat about the song and about really going for it! (what's the worst thing...
After checking out, Sahra and I head down to the studio first, to get the vocals set up - getting in the mood on the ride down with Earth Wind & Fire blaring from the roof tops, dancing and clapping along, and singing the harmonies (Sahra's were at least in tune!) Perfect morning workout!
Lastly putting on a bit of McCoy Tyner as we approach the studio, to bring us down. and into the zone.