I feel exhilarated, nervous, excited, wary, accomplished and hungry (it is past suppertime after all).
I spent the afternoon laying down rhythm guitar tracks for seven songs. No, not thinking about doing some songs. Not just talking about it. Actually pushing the button on the record machine and playing the guitar into a bona fide microphone. (I did have a moment’s pause when I looked at the digital studio and went, “What is all dem buttons mean?”)
After ten years of hemming and hawing and refusing to do anything unless it was either an original composition or “perfect,” I got my ass into the home studio and did something thanks to gentle nudges from my ever-patient spouse and with the help of Whiny the Elder, who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music production.
I don’t know that all of these will make the final cut when we start adding the rest of the instrumentation and vocals, but we went through a stack of songs this afternoon, so there are more where they came from. Here’s the list:
- 500 Miles (A Railroader’s Lament) by Hedy West — the best known version being by Peter, Paul & Mary
- Babylon by Sarah Hawker, performed by The Lonesome Sisters
- Catch the Wind by Donovan
- Excuse Me (I Think I’ve Got A Heartache) by Buck Owens
- Is Anybody Going To San Antone? by Glenn Martin and Dave Kirby, performed by Charley Pride
- Slowly (I’m Falling More In Love With You) by Webb Pierce and Tommy Hill — found a cool blues version by Katie Webster, too
- Wild Mountain Thyme by Francis McPeake, with a bajillion versions–I especially like Ed Sheeran, but I even found one by Dean! (Jensen Ackles, my man crush)
So, we’ll see what happens with these, but it’s progress, baby, progress.