The Making of a Record – Part 1 The Work Before the Work

A couple of months ago Anna Freedman asked me if I would produce her first record of original music. Anna is a really accomplished musician who plays piano, sings and writes music. We worked together as teacher/student when she was in high school. Now she plays around Seattle and teaches at Creative Music Adventures as well.

I asked Anna if I could share the process of bringing this recording to fruition through a series of posts here to help folks who may be interested in recording their own music (or helping their students make recordings). She was nice enough to agree to this idea. So here is the first part of the series…

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Taking Selfies with Sound Five Approaches to Use When Recording Ourselves

There have been times when I would feel that my rate of improvement didn’t line up with the large chunks of time I was spending at the instrument practicing. Sometimes practicing a lot isn’t enough. We need other methods to elevate our playing and bring cohesion to all the concepts we are working through.

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Throwback Thursday – Sono Come Tu Mi Vuoi by The Jongleurs When in Rome...

Throwback circa 2000. I sing a country version of an Italian classic (in Italian) arranged by Matt Glassmeyer. Trombone solo was provided in essence by Randy Kapralick (not pictured for some reason that is not a good one I’m sure).

Promo Pic at Matts

Listen to our version here:

An Italian record label reached out to The Jongleurs and asked us to do a cover on their Mina tribute album. They said we should do whatever we wanted, as long as we sang in Italian. Matt had the idea that I sang it in my Kentucky accent. I often demonstrated the twang version of French class that I attended through high school as a party trick. So this was my chance to document it on a recording in a brand new language.

Horn Arrangements: Matt Glassmeyer
Saxes: Matt Glassmeyer
Trombone: Randy Kapralick
Bass: Forrest Giberson
Drums: Eric Hastings
Keys, Voice and Mixing: Michael Stegner

Mina is #1 always and forever!