Two Down, Two to Go

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You know, I’m not a baseball fan, but I lifted my one-game jinkx by returning to the studio tonight and the Astros won. They won every game that saw me in the studio last week, so when Monday was cancelled, I knew they were in trouble.

I finished my second full day of mixing the orange is in CD and, wow, it is turning out amazing.

I spent a long day at Sugar Hill yesterday with engineer Steve Christensen and was joined later by George, Chris and Amy. The first three songs we finished – Dead Weight, Run Towards the Warmth of the Sun and Suzanna – turned out great although there are a couple tweaks to be done to Dead Weight.

Steve is a great guy who really knows what he is doing. As we go further along, I can hear the album starting to shape up and I’m finally starting to feel like this was all worth it.

Today we finished (You’re Not My) Final Song, Tell Me Why, Clown and Father’s Day. They all really improved on yesterday. There are a couple tweaks here and there, but nothing major. I was really happy with Final Song and Father’s Day, both of which just freakin’ rock.

Tomorrow, I’m back at Chris’s to clean up a couple of guitar parts. I don’t expect it to take more than a few hours.

Friday, we mix from 10am to 6pm and I hope to finish She Calms My Nerves, Dividing, Dancing All Alone and A Walk Through the Valley. That will leave us with only Like You Do and Holding Me, Holding You to finish, both of which are a little on the odd side.

We’ll do that and tweak everything Sunday. I’m guessing we’ll mix those first two early in the day, tweak the songs that need tweaking and then come back to the first to after doing some critical listening in the best place – the car. 🙂

It’s been a really interesting experience that I’m really glad is nearing an end. The CD artwork is really starting to come together, the disc is sounding great and the new band pics are awesome. So, now we just need to rehearse for the first time in 3 months. It’s the little things, right? 🙂

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