I spent yesterday listening to an instrumental mix of our 16 songs. Prior to this I'd only heard the songs via a rough mix with click track and my ukulele plunking clumsily along. Now Jeff has softened it in the mix and Matt's newly recorded rhythm guitar has placed smooth skin over the sturdy, steady bones of Marcia's bass and Rob's drums. Some of these songs are still so new that Matt's lead part surprised and delighted me as I listened, giving a few songs a whole new incredible feel. My first vocal session is tomorrow and I'm so excited I could pee. I'll get as many in the can as I can then hit the rest of them after the new year. Matt and Marcia and I will add the backing vocal parts at the end of January and sometime in February this collection will be ready to rock.
Half of the songs are game songs I wrote, 2 with Matt Silvia and the rest are co writes with Astra Kelly, Heather Gmucs, Veronica May, Julia Whelpton, Jeff Berkley and CalAmity. We pay tribute to a song from 1973, also. The original songs were written over the last 3 years and are pretty specific in subject matter, weirdly. I'm either singing about personal injustice, the man I love or the drought and subsequent end of the world which is why I decided to call the collection LIFE, LOVE, THE END. I'm enjoying the process of designing the 10 page lyric/photo book that will accompany the CD. Huge love to Jeff Berkley and my band for making these songs come alive.. can't wait to share them with you via video each month beginning next year. Super squee. xo Cathryn Beeks