It was another great set of sessions working with the stellar Chris Bathgate for the upcoming album, Daylight (Stone Bright Solid Volume II). The soundscapes explored during this project will go on to define the album. I’m especially fond of trumpet as after-thought, a haunting trick of sustain as the trumpet is played into in the strings of the piano. You’ll hear the magical realism of this technique in the song, “This Light”. (It has been 20-odd years since I picked up the Stradivarius, but she never disappoints.)
On a personal note, I had a moment this weekend. I was in the middle of doing the demanding work of recording hammered dulcimer when the reality of what I was doing hit me full force.
“I am making an album in Motown.”
Not only was I making an album in Motown, I was getting the chance to work with exceptional creatives, talented musicians and all around great people. “This is my life!” It was a magical moment. A moment that could easily have been missed in the “dead heat daydream” of a 14-hour day. But there it was. And wow! What a privilege! Motown. Though my reach isn’t far, I have indeed become a small part of her history. Thank you Detroit.
I am also grateful my soulmates sent me into the weekend with a reminder to be in the moment… you know who you are. And to all of you reading this, I say, “Stop. Look at the mark on the map and know… You are here!”