April 20, 2016 - 2:09am
... I'm sorry everybody... I'm sorry... but recording just isn't that exciting. It's starting to become apparent that all the stuff that goes on in my day that I find somewhat interesting, happens outside the studio... and anything interesting that happens in the studio, should sorta stay in the studio... see previous blog post for reasons why... combined with it being just another day at the office for me.
... I'm super tired right now too... just finished uploading some drums for Alex (Gerst) in case he wants to bring them into the session early tomorrow. Figured it might save some time... it's a 45 min drive.
(... another huge thunderstorm just rolled in... the thunder just shook the house!)
... I have no idea where the time went this morning. I woke up, did some emails, skype meeting, checked facebook... ate breakfast, shaved/showered (day 1 at Empire Sound today!), then started transferring the sessions for the studio (guide tracks for drums).
... totally forgot Kev made some edits on his end that I hadn't yet done on mine... so something that should've taken 15 minutes ended up taking 45... to get one done... I'm glad the plan was to just do the one song today... since that's all that was ready!
So... Wing Stop... me likey!
Kyle took me there for lunch... I'd mentioned wings (aka when's wing night?) and he immediately said/suggested Wing Stop.
.... Wing Stop is good... and considering the price... it's going to be tough to not go there... everyday. It's dangerously close to the studio.
(... this thunder is MASSIVE!!!)
They have all these flavours... you get to pick two... I went with traditional hot and mango habanero... it was so good!
... I want more right now.
Only complaint... and I saw it happening in real time... the guy prepping my fries... his saltin' was a little too free spirited... a little too lax. The amount of salt that I saw go into that big ol' metal bowl... it was "end of shift" salty... it was "salt water" salty... he really should've just shook some fries into a bowl of salt... not the other way around.... so salty.
... I powered through most of it... they were so salty that I was using blue cheese dipping sauce to tone down the salt!
... think about that!
(... sweet fudge bars this storm isn't messing around... I'd heard about Houston but hopefully that doesn't happen here... I am curious to see how the flooding on the roads works around here though... there are signs all over the place.)
After lunch we headed to the studio... Empire Sound.
... it has vibe, cool staff, and tons of instruments.
... I love it!
I'll take more pics but today/this morning I thought I'd update my apps... but my POS 16GB iPhone 5s decided to max out the storage, somewhat bricking my phone for most of the day. I know deleting a couple videos would solve the problem... but I'm just not ready to (although they are backed up) remove Loaner Cat and tour videos... I like having them on hand in case of emergency.
(... if this storm finds my remaining fries... and washes them into any waterways... they will become undrinkable water supplies.)
The ESP (guitars) dealer dropped by soon after... they wanted to show Kyle a few guitars... he's PRS endorsed I think, and also reps or distributes a few companies... or something along those lines... I was too salted to hear details today.
... there's no TV in the control room... I found this interesting.
Howard got in around 5pm and we got to tracking the first (only... lol... *cough*) tune.
Despite not having much time at all, he threw down pretty well!
Side note... it's a pet peeve when people announce they haven't had much time to sit with a song or even practice. In the studio, you get several swings, and then you can comp or further examine what you're playing. Of course it's nice to have learned/practiced tunes... but the time necessary to track either preparedness level... it's not far apart.... seriously... if you have moderate ability.
Write the arrangement, add a few notes (make it a cheat sheet), run through the tune a few times, listen back, run through it a few more... should be good to go!
... even easier with guitars and bass since you can scrub through them.
Somehow it was like 9:30pm by the time we left... I wanted to stop by Walmart but Kyle was pretty set on grabbing dinner... dinner was Whataburger.
... I kept thinking everyone was saying "Water Burger"... was pretty curious what the water was all about.
... Americian accents, eh?
Burger was good... reminded me of a Whopper but better.
Side note... the drink sizes here... I'm at a loss for words... our medium cups could easy fit inside their medium... I'm convinced "Large" is just a hose.
Started editing around 11:30pm... surprised it took so long for me to get working... it's not like I've been doddling.
... alright... I should put MST3K on and get to sleep... I'm starting to do that thing where I rest my eyes while I'm tying to type and then I doze off... then read what I type and ot ;;pls like tjis.
Full day tomorrow... good times.
P.S. I need sleep.
P.P.S. I just woke up... I dreamt I'd already moved this from my gmail into my blog... not cool!
... and a bad use of dream!
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