Thursday, September 08, 2005

Jennifer Grassman/Jacque Jones

I'm doing preproduction with Jennifer Grassman at her home. We are embarking on a very cool project where Jennifer is reinterpreting 15th-19th century Christmas carols. The picture is of my assistant for the session (and moi)-- my daughter, Joe Ann. She was our protools operator, and she didn't miss a punch! We start recording piano and vocals in a couple of weeks and I am very pleased with Jennifer's work so far. This is going to be a very hip sounding project..... Jennifer and I are both passionate about the songs, and we want them to really speak to a modern audience. More will be revealed!

On another note, super sideman/producer Eric Jarvis joined Jacque Jones and I to help out with the song I have been writing with Jacque. His contribution was, immediate, solid, and opened a host of new possibilites. Now all I have to do is write two more verses and a bridge.

Work has begun on more Southern Backtones songs, and that is worthy of a whole 'nother post. Let's just say that the performances and sounds have been very, very high quality and that Hank Schyma, and John Griffin have been keeping Steve and I quite busy with all the new ideas. Todd's drums were VERY cool. We wanted a really huge sound, and Todd delivered by cutting the cymbals separately from the rest of the kit. This is a neat trick that I first heard about Sam Taylor using when cutting drums for King's X. Todd is one of the few drummers that could pull it off. Way to go TODD!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you're actually doing some work. PD looks SO focused on her work. Although headphones really do fuck up the hair, unless you have a stylish (nonexistent) 'do like yours. (ahem)

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