Making Dinner Music: Studio Diaries #3

Chapter 3:  The First Rehearsal On the 3rd morning we all awoke very early. We had to drive Lauren to the train station so she could go back back home to KCMO. The Chicago train station wasn’t too far from out place, so we thought as an act of solidarity we’d all go and see her off. The train was departing at 7.30 am. So … Continue reading Making Dinner Music: Studio Diaries #3

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Twelve

“Every single time I step into the studio, I say, ‘Can I still do this? Do I still have it? Have I ever had it?’ I suppose there’s a good amount of self-loathing that goes into any form of artisanship.” – Ben Harper   The air of ending hung over us as we puttered about the condo on the morning of the 12th day. It … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Twelve

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Eleven

“Songs really are like a form of time travel because they really have moved forward in a bubble. Everyone who’s connected with it, the studio’s gone, the musicians are gone, and the only thing that’s left is this recording which was only about a three-minute period maybe 70 years ago.” – Tom Waits I knew when I woke up that morning on Day 11 that … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Eleven

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Ten

“When I sit down to write a song, it’s a kind of improvisation, but I formalize it a bit to get it into the studio, and when I step up to a microphone, I have a vague idea of what I’m about to do.” – Paul McCartney We had arrived at the day I was secretly dreading: Keyboards and piano day. I love keys and … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Ten

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Nine

“I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don’t know. It’s life.” – Johnny Cash It was my evening on the couch, thus I was awoke earlier than my normal 7:30am.The sounds of construction and morning rush hour traffic filled my awakening ears. It was an exceptionally nice morning, and … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Nine

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Eight

“The first Van Halen album makes Johnny Rotten out to be what he really was and still is: a hairdresser.” –Henry Rollins I remember waking up on the 8th day (5th day recording) and finally having the feeling. The feeling that I no longer had any sense of what a normal structured week was like. I’ve told friends in the past that recording is my … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Eight

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Seven

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche I don’t consider myself a guitarist, keyboardist, or singer, in any sort of traditional sense. After witnessing Chris Metcalf do his thing, I’ve begun to reconsider my declarations of being a drummer for the last 20+ years as well. Now, I’m not spelling this out to paint a picture of myself as some sort of self-deprecating … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Seven

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Six

“I like being in a recording studio. I like watching a song go from the simplicity of the original music.” – Grace Slick Some of the things I will remember about the Air B&B condo we stayed at. It was a beautiful condo. Exposed brick and high ceilings are a sure way to win me over in regards to living spaces. I still don’t understand … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Six

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Five

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” – Henry Van Dyke   Recording Day!   I was anxious and excited. But there was a clarity and focus within that anxiety. I knew that no matter what, the drums were going to sound amazing. In theory, if it all went bad, we could just … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Five

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Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Four

Day 4. “For those about to rock, we salute you.” – AC/DC I was 5 years old when my grandfather sat me down on an old Rogers drumkit and showed me how to do a basic beat on the hi-hat and snare. I couldn’t reach the kick pedal. Since then I’ve been the drummer of five different bands and played drums on nine records. In … Continue reading Vast Robot Armies’ Studio Diary – Day Four

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