How to talk about yesterday?
We moved from Studio D to Studio B, which is a much more intimate space. And then we made it more intimate still, by using the ACTUAL CANDLES of Carlos Santana.
I mean, sure, he sent an intern out to grab them at a local grocery store, but he kept them burning in a room where he was doing amazing work, for hours. So here’s hoping that some of that aura transfers to what I’m doing. 🙂
Thus, the singing space is transformed into this:
Singing for a nine hour session is exhausting in all kinds of ways. It’s exhausting physically, and I find myself collapsing on the couch in the booth every forty-five minutes or so. It’s exhausting emotionally…the whole point of the candles and ambiance-creation is to create an environment in which it’s possible to enter into the songs at a deeper emotional level. And it’s exhausting in a self-critical way…listening carefully to take after take to identify flaws and issues and decide which version of a phrase best expresses what you’re trying to say is tough, especially because I think it’s pretty typical for musicians to be dissatisfied with what they hear in recordings of themselves.
So being keyed up and engaged and focused in every way for that long is not easy. But like with any creative act, spending myself so entirely is fulfilling at deep levels. I’m standing too close to have perspective right now, but I think we might have some good music in the end.
I sang barefoot and had my eyes closed for most of it, devoured a massive plate of mushroom lasagna in about three seconds at lunchtime, and drank what seemed like gallons of water.
I also drank at least seven cups of this tea (yummy):
Too preoccupied for lots of selfies and stuff, but I did take one on the way home. Here I am, tired and fried and happy and ready to do it all again today. Love to you all. Thanks for coming alongside and sharing this amazing journey with me!