Monday, July 31, 2006

Dulcimerica Vol. 1: more prep

Recording for Dulcimerica: Vol. 1 begins this week at Full Sail, though I've been recording pre-production demos for about two weeks, trying to figure out what will be tracked there. Some of the record will be done here at Dark Studios, but I'd like to take advantage of the Full Sail set-up, so it's been kinda hard to figure which tracks would benefit the most.

The first track on the album will be "Swing Low Sweet Chariot/He's Got The Whole World In His Hand" because I wanted to include some Negro spirituals in what is essentially the first brushstroke of a tapestry that will feature many of the elements that makes America the diverse place that it is. I'm playing these two straight for the most part, though I've added some little notes of flavor and a joyous kind of chorus bounce-through of the chords in the second half. Of course, as soon as I began recording today, the thunder started rolling outside the window. The sweet chariot has a sound system like you would not believe.

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