Finished! (Sort of…)

9 03 2008

The background vocals are finished!  (And so are we!)  We completed background vocals on Thursday morning and brought a close to our portion of the recording process.  We had an early celebration on Wednesday night at Taste of Texas where Scott professed to having perhaps the best steak of his life.  It’s such a pleasure to see months of planning, hard work, and creative energy come to fruition in this project.

The final songs to be finished were Thunder Roll, These Precious Minutes, One, and Face of God.  We had to be careful, particularly on Face of God and Thunder Roll, to not create background vocal arrangements that drew attention away from the vulnerable, sensitive lead vocal and lyric.  I think we walked the line rather well, creating a mixture of counterpoint and vocal stacks that support the lyric and fill sonic space without becoming a thing unto themselves.  On several occasions when we were unsure of what to put in a specific section of the song we just found a simple part to start with and then began to build and improvise on the fly, adding and subtracting layers to the stacks until they just felt right.  I think this created a very pleasing effect.  At times the voice leading isn’t textbook, there are notes that aren’t technically in the chords, and the rhythms occasionally fail to match precisely, but the overall sound is remarkably full and richly-layered.  The vocals sound natural and subtle without being forced, rehearsed, or structured.

And so at this point the rest of the process is out of our hands.  Scott returned to Nashville with the music and is beginning to mix in his home studio.  On Friday our guitar player, Greg Hagan, will work with Scott on adding a few guitar parts that will help fill out a couple of the songs.  Then Scott will be able to finish the mix as his schedule allows.  After the mix process we’ll master the songs, which gets them ready to be put onto a CD.  Then it’s off to the manufacturing house to get the product made and ready for your CD player.  The end is in sight! 

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