scratch track

2 06 2009

DSC_0002The first day is all about adjustment…like from the roof top of the six story building at the corner of 6th Ave & San Pedro in downtown LA where the studio is…there is plenty to look at.  We are smack dab in the middle of the real Skid Row so there will be more pictures another day of how I pass my time while Shop Girl is doing her thing.

DSC_0065The night before the first session she couldn’t sleep much just hearing the songs in her head and planning things out.  Not at all unlike Best Boy who is back in GR working on a three week reality show project.  We’ve come to understand that getting the first shot off gets him settled in – then his brain starts to unwind ever so slowly.  So in this setting – until the first scratch tracks are done, she couldn’t really settle in and get started.  It was a good day.  Sleepy vocals that are keepers.


There is always beauty to be found in these old warehouse converted loft studios.  The initial impression in the glaring light of day softens as moods are set as well as levels on a sound board.  But just like the magic of Hollywood looks so different from the inside out – this process is nothing like the final outcome.  It sounds effortless and simple but is the result of hours and hours of repeating things over and over again.

DSC_0085So day one is behind us and there are  9 more to go for this round.  When I woke up at 3 a.m. Cali time, then at 4 a.m. Cali time and at 5 a.m. Cali there was no lack of music and lyrics in my head.  So goes the process.  Looking forward to the magic that will unexpectedly happen today.  As long as she has been doing this and I have seen the inside of a half dozen studios with her, I have NEVER been in one that doesn’t have an old leather couch.  My process today will be a nap.



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