This is it. The cream from the last year in the studio. The frothy bit, the haiku, the winning formula, the stuff that stuck, this it what it boiled down to. I made it! I made it though to the other side, smiling. I had no idea what I was going to make before I started. It just all came out. I love it i love it i love it. I could have gone on and done more to it but there has to be closure, sometime. A quote Guy said to me once..."an artist's work is never done, it's merely abandoned"....ahh yes...i like...don't know who said it originally though.
So...12 songs. the order has slightly changed. we have
Goodnight and Go
Have you got it in you?
Hide and Seek
Clear the Area
Just for Now
I am in love with you
The Moment I said it
From vocoder acapella to electro pop, lyrical piano to glitch, angular bit crushed guitars to wide-screen orchestral score. Whopppeeee...what a journey it's been. It's like a compilation of all the records I should've made by now. Almost schizophrenic. If there was one thing I wanted it to be, it was everything. Not just one space but many places. My album after this is probably going to be an improvised hour of piano and vocal if just for balance!
In mastering it was quite a tricky decision we had to make. Most records these days are mastered (basically the process of placing all the final mixes into order, adding, subtracting frequencies and compression to the whole to make it sit as one body of work) very LOUD. This means though that to play the loud game all the time in a song the quite bits sounds good and upfront but the dynamic in usually the chorus (the loudest bit) gets lost and loses impact. We tried to go down the LOUD route and then I got all fidgety because what I love about this record is it's dynamic. So we went back and started again. This time being true to the original. Which means that some songs may sound quiet compared to the last but as a song in it's own right it wins. It lives to it's full potential. I learned a lot these last few days in mastering it. I hope i did the right thing! I did my own thing. So far that's served me well. It got very tense though! Thank goodness I was with a guy who was willing to spend an extra day or two so I was happy. COOOOL...and did i mention he has a round studio...good Chi!?
It is strange to look at it and know that squashed inside is that rollercoaster of a ride I'm still dizzy from. I'm almost at a loss now. Need to find another rhythm. Perhaps the shopping rhythm or maybe i should be a good girl and attack the get fit rhythm! Maybe after christmas...Walking for 5 hours across Dartmoor with an intensely enthusiastic dog a couple of days back certainly tightened up a few forgotten muscles...actually their still pretty tight...so tight it's tricky to get out of bed in a hurry. It was a good way to start off my new year! Thank you everyone by the way for my Birthday wishes! Even poems...really lovely..cheers!
I was just so excited on the train coming home. Just had to let you guys hear one of them at least! Goodnight and Go seemed like a good idea for loads of reasons...1, coz it was in the OC on the 9th, 2 coz it was one of those melodies that came out of nowhere, 3. coz it took me months to get the verses right 4, coz Jeff's on it! 5...coz it f'in great mate. So happy to hear some of your reactions on the iblog.
I still don't have a title for the album. When i was first starting up on this one, gathering ideas, the folder i put them all into was called "Speak for Yourself"...not sure though. Maybe it's too like i megaphone? I'm sure it'll come to me....eek.
Made a spag bol last night. Sooo good to eat a home cooked meal. Had many a microwave meal the lat year. Of course the first thing i had when i got back into London was okonomiyaki! how could i resist? My lovely man took me there. mm mmm.
So now...who to do? where to go? Artwork, live, radio, video...friends if i still have any! Party? Buy records! Make christmas cards, but pressies...Go to gigs...travel!!! OH OH ...gotta get dressed and get out there! Love to you all....thank you soooooo much for hanging in there. More soon. Go see Garden State you UK peeps, out yesterday...it's a great film!
heap out xx
oh oh...note to myself...must answer iGrill questions!!!
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