Going to Boston Falcon Ridge 2010
With the Nieldsduffychalfanthillman Guitarchestra
We record at Sackamusic in Conway, MA. This studio belongs to my brother-in-law, Katryna’s husband Dave Chalfant. He is amazing, and unlike Katryna and me, not at all ADD. He has the ability to sit still and concentrate for hours at a time. His attention is exquisite. When I am meditating, or just generally trying to calm down, it is he I evoke.
Conway is beautiful, as you can see from the pictures of the snowfall I took in the last post. It is quiet, and at night, one can see a billion stars if it isn’t cloudy. This evening, I drove away when Venus or maybe Jupiter was out, and the last quarter of the moon. I have missed the moon since becoming a parent; I find myself indoors when it is visible.
Today we just had two hours to work. We recorded my guitar for “More than Enough” and a scratch vocal. Then we explored “Can I Love You Too Much” in terms of an arrangement. And we listened to Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” This is my current favorite song, suggested to me on Facebook by my cousin’s wife Courtney Nields. I am blown away. Also, apparently this band existed for the exact amount of time as the five piece incarnation of the Nields: roughly the decade of the 90s. NMH broke up in 1998. What do you know about them? l visited their website and it was like visiting a ghost town. Anyway, Dave and Katryna liked the song as much as I did, and I hope it will inform our entire recording. (Though we will abstain from the use of the theramin.) Tomorrow, maybe there will be drums.
From Katryna: A beautiful day called for finally trying to put together this drum kit. So I fetched the big white bucket I got last week after HooteNanny and found…