Sound the trumpets (and the French horn)

Written by hootenannie on June 2nd, 2008

Here it is – the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Or… at least the moment I’ve been TALKING UP. I have 4 brand spankin’ new songs up on MySpace – you can listen here.

Initially, I had thought that a simple guitar/vocal demo would be sufficient – just me and my Martin. But having the great fortune of working with the über-talented Jim Reilley and Eric Fritsch (and their bionic ears), I got so much more than I bargained for. Guitars, mandolin, bass, banjo, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3, even a rain stick shaker… Get ready for some sonic stimulation. Jim and Eric did an impressive job of making things sound good, despite my very green guitar playing and out-of-shape vocals – I prefer to think of my performance as “unpolished” and “folksy.”

At one point in the day, my friend Julie stopped by the studio to say hello. She casually mentioned that she had played French horn in high school, oh, 7 years ago. That was all that we needed to hear – you can hear her majestic 2 notes repeated several times in the background during the chorus of “My Own Hand.” Words cannot describe how much this delights me!

As a writer, it’s exciting to watch what was once only an idea – a fleeting thought or a word or a previously unarticulated emotion – actually take shape. Piece by piece and bit by bit, to watch it become. It’s among the most wondrous things I have experienced, and I have found a deep satisfaction in following through with the creative process. I expect that the more that I do this, the more comfortable and cohesive it will feel.

And so, without further ado… I HOPE YOU LIKE ACCORDION!

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