And we're off!
Today was our rough tracking day. Essentially this means that we ran through each song with drums, bass, piano, guitar, and lead vocals. The intention was to nail down the structure, form, and style of the song.
Typically we would begin each song by gathering Murl (our pianist), Loren (my producer), and myself around the piano and talking through the song. We would listen to the raw cut of the song I made a few weeks back, then decide on stylistic rhythms, chord modifications, etc. Then we'd walk through it all with the drums, guitar, and bass and begin with a couple of run-throughs of the piece to get the feel.
After we all felt that we were heading in the right direction we would start tracking the piece until we felt we had a solid take. After the last take we would all gather in the control room and listen to the playback and take turns "punching-in" (re-recording specific spots in the tracks) to finesse the track.
Primarily we used this day to capture the drums, bass, piano, and guitar. Day 2 will be overdubs, fills, etc. for the piano and guitar.
I will be doing a completely separate take on all the vocals a bit later.
Oh...and I forgot to mention. My Art Director, Scott Bailey, came in with his Dir of Photography and we took about two hours of video. We'll be putting together a "Making of the Album" video which everyone can see the fun.