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Friday, January 6, 2012

FP Update: January 6, 2012

Happy Post-Holidays Everyone!

And here's the latest:

1) We are now beginning rehearsals on 'Marigolds' for live playing. We have 'Rabbit Hole' and 'Getting Away' both in-the-ballpark of where they want them to be to play them live, and so last night we decided that we are ready to tackle 'Marigolds' again. 'Marigolds' will likely go quick since it is such a basic song and isn't nearly as tricky as say 'Rabbit Hole'. 'Rabbit Hole' pushes the envelope for us as a band...lots of special variations throughout, harmonizing lead guitar solos, crazy funky bass lines, etc.. From a playing perspective I think we all probably enjoy 'Rabbit Hole' the most since it is the most challenging. But it's also likely to be the most impressive song in our arsenal for our live shows. Lots of stuff going on for the listeners. Ear candy for sure...

Then just as soon as we get 'Marigolds' polished up to our liking, we'll only have 'Some Other Year' and 'Sycamore' to get reacquainted with and then we'll start playing out. I'm still not 100% sure we'll start playing live shows but it is definitely approaching. Will keep everyone in the loop...

2) On the recording end of things, we are nearly done tracking parts for 'Rabbit Hole' with just one section remaining for Jake's bass parts and some of my lead vocals (and a few backing layers) still needing to be recorded. Once 'Rabbit Hole' is done with tracking then the mixdown and mastering stage will begin. Hopefully that stage won't take near as long as it normally does. From it's beginning I've approached 'Rabbit Hole' in a completely different way production-wise in hopes that the mixdown will be more simplified. I won't bore everyone with the details and mindset of my newer approach, but all seems to be working much smoother at this point as compared to all previous recordings. And then just as soon as Jake is able to finish up his 'Rabbit Hole' parts then we'll start attacking 'Getting Away' (drums are already done on that one). The good news on 'Getting Away' is that we are already solid on performing our parts so the tracking stage should go much easier and quicker for us.

So that's basically it for now. This one is more short and sweet and to the point. For now we're just Rehearsing and Recording. Two of the basic food groups in the life of a band. Eventually I want to get back into writing new material but for now we are narrowing in on our focus to get us tighter and more polished. Can't wait to see all of you out on a stage somewhere in the not-so-distant future!

Until next time....

Todd

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