Spent the evening working on recording for the new album. We're working on one particular song right now, trying to get it finished so we can release it early, before the end of summer, hopefully with a video to go along with it. That might be too aggressive a schedule, and it wouldn't be the first time for that, but we're trying.

So tonight I've been working on the ukulele track. Like anything involving art or computers, half of the time is spent getting everything set up the right way to record properly. So the actual recording part of things only took about 20 minutes, but the set up before and the troubleshooting during turned it into a several hour project. This is also much harder when working alone. If I had an engineer on the control room side of the studio I could just have him adjust my levels while I'm recording and be able to just focus on the music, but instead I have to switch hats back and forth as I go from playing to troubleshooting to monitoring. But this way is cheaper and I can work on it without having to coordinate with someone else, so I might as well get used to it.

While I was upstate visiting my da a friend of his loaned me a cool baritone uke, so I'm going to see if I can find a place for it on the song as well, that's probably what I will work on recording at the end of the week. I also borrowed an accordion that I'm hoping to put to use on a different song, as soon as I learn how to play it. I've got an idea, but I'm definitely not there yet. Still, time and effort is all it takes.

Heading over to Kalamazoo tomorrow to meet with Sid to talk about the video referenced above and to get some practice time in with John for the Ark open stage that's coming in a few weeks. So we're keeping busy.

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