“Just get you a guitar and learn how to play. Cut up some jeans, come up with a name. When you’re living in a world that you don’t understand, find a few good buddies, start a band.” (Start a Band – Brad Paisley)
The people here are so musically talented and awesome. I feel so privileged and humbled to be part of this incredible group of musicians.
Since I was not performing at CMC Live last week, it was a pretty chill week for me. There are 12 of us in the artist track, and only six perform each week, so we all go every other week. So I didn’t have anything to stress about, except that I needed songs ready for this week. And we were about to start recording in the studio.
All last week our regular classes turned into a week-long studio session with this guy named David Schober. He is a really top-notch engineer in Nashville, and has been around for a long time. It was cool seeing him work on the recording process from start to finish, including every step from setting up mics for the singer and instruments, to tracking, overdubs, mixing, mastering, the works. A lot of it went over my head because I know relatively nothing about the technical side of music and how to use all those giant, crazy expensive boards and all that jazz. But I still learned stuff! So that was good.
My main goal for the last week and a half was to finish an original song. I did not want to be the only person here doing covers every week, it was slightly embarrassing. So I definitely pushed it right up to the wire, but I am performing an original song this week! I am actually really excited about it. I wrote the lyrics and some of the melody, and then got help from my roommate Josh and apartment-mate David with writing the music and fleshing it out for a full band.
Let me tell you how awesome it is. And how not me it is. I would say it is a more hardcore country song, like Brantley Gilbert or Jason Aldean style. It also says a few things in it I probably would not be comfortable saying in church or on stage at school. But it rocks. And I kind of love it. And I think I sound better on it than I have on covers I have performed. I guess just because I wrote it and so it’s in a good range for me or something. I really don’t know why, but it works. Maybe my professors will tear it up. I expect them to, it’s the first song I have ever written. But my bandmates think it’s cool, so I’m stoked.
And have I mentioned how incredibly awesome my band is? Because they freaking are. Seriously they are one of the tightest bands here. Most of them don’t listen to country music at all, but everyone is so talented and willing to learn and adapt that it works so well. And they are so great. This week at Hammertime my band was the only one that Warren didn’t change the way they were playing stuff. Of course he had a lot to work with me on because I have a long ways to go still, but they are so good. I am so blessed to be working with them and have them be willing to work with me and find time in all of our crazy intense schedules to rehearse and record.
And we are starting to track this week. Our first master is due on October 15. My band starts tracking tomorrow at midnight. We have our first midnight to 3AM shift in the studio. So that’ll be fun. It’s better than the 3AM-6AM shifts though. We are going to record my original and I’m real excited about it!
Even though I’m sure I will be nervous tomorrow come performance time, I am feeling pretty good this week, and it’s weird. Two weeks ago for the first CMC Live I was freaking out. But for some reason, I’m not right now. Maybe I’m getting more comfortable with performing. Maybe I’m just more comfortable because it’s my song. I don’t know, but whatever the reason, I’ll take it.