I am tired. But it’s a good kind of tired. The kind of tired where I know I pushed myself hard and still felt happy with the results.

That’s when I know the music is good…

Day one of recording is in the books and what a day it was! Drove down to Piscataway, NJ to get things moving. First order of business was to get all the drum tracks down and made sure Ronnie was happy with the results. Did two or three takes per song, and Ronnie rose to the challenge. By the fourth song, we were all feeling a bit tuckered out so we got pizza (what else do musicians eat?) and felt re-energized.

The room was small but the vibes were good. Standing a few feet away from each other, we just laid down song after song, feeling the grooves. I wrote up the song order from “easy enough” to “downright scary” and saved the most mellow song for last. That was a nice way to end things and put a bow on top.

I posted a clip on my YouTube page (and here as well), bridged two smaller videos together with teasers of two songs. You all heard “Marblehead” already but there’s another little snippet of a tune called “Black Skies And Sunshine”. And you also get to hear my velvety-smooth speaking voice.

I’ll stick to guitar.

Next up: Chris will do his bass parts this week, and then send me the raw files to really lock down my parts. And then I will drive down to Morganville (where’s THAT?) to do my guitar parts. Chris’ guitarist Chris Macock wants to help record my parts so that’s cool with me. Am sure there will be plenty of toys at my disposal.

More studio stories coming soon…