By way of a 'thank you' for my piece The Heart Sonata, my friend Lee has very kindly given myself and my brother (whom had performed best man duties at the wedding) the gift of a 'Studio day' at Broadwood Music
To quote their web site:
"This range of gift packs caters for people who write songs but have no means of turning them into reality. Basically we provide a producer/engineer, a recording studio, some instruments if required and we are then at your beck and call to get that song idea out of your head and onto CD!"Now, I obviously do have the means of turning my ideas into reality, but I'm still excited to have the opportunity to record in a real studio. I will also be nice to have someone else worry about the engineering for a change so I will be able to focus on the music. Also I'm intrigued to see if they can sprinkle some 'fairy dust' on the mix to give it that 'pro sound' - Time will tell.
My brother is a singer, songwriter and guitarist and we have been writing songs together for about as long as I have been recording. As we now live many miles apart we have not had many chances to directly collaborate in recent times, although that's not to say we don't ever work together it's just that now days we have to work by exchanging tracks and ideas via the web using Dropbox. This process is workable but a little slow and works best when one of us a fairly fully formed idea of how the song is going to be.
We have a pretty extensive back catalogue of material we could choose from for the session, but we both agree that it would be cool to write something completely new just for the occasion. My feeling is that we need to get together in a room with a couple of guitars and a note pad and throw down some ideas - so we have a writing session pencilled in for a couple of weeks time.
I can't wait personally - always enjoy the opportunity to jam some ideas with other musicians as the bouncing of an idea produces results in directions that you would never normally hit working alone.
My plan is this - I hope to end up with 3 versions of the song we write. The first would be the scratch demo with make during the writing session. The second is a more fully produced version I will work up to explore where I want to take the track and obviously the third will be what we record on the studio day.
Hopefully there will be a marked difference in the three versions, but only time will tell....
I will let you know!