Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stage One Complete


Ok, so I went to my recording session last night. They called yesterday morning, and bumped back my time and hour and a half, which works out nicely, so my hubby didn't have to get off work early for me to go.

As the hour quickly approached I could feel myself getting more and more nervous. I don't remember the last time I was this nervous for something. Seriously, I could play in front of hundred of people and feel perfectly at ease (except, I always got a little playing at my recitals, in front of my students. I think it was the pressure that they all looked up to me, and I was supposed to be perfect or something). But, I was crazy nervous for recording. I think it was again, that need to be perfect. It's like this is the music that is going to represent me to the world ( or at least Utah....or at least the people who know and like me enough to buy my CD).

As I entered the studio, I'm sure that their mega amp microphones could pick up the sound of my heart pounding in my chest. But, they gave me about 10 minutes to warm up, and get used to the feel of the piano. And once I got going, and got into the swing of things, I got more relaxed.

And it was really nice, because if I did make a mistake, which I did many, many times, I could just stop and say, Let's go back a few measures, and I could pick up where I left off and record over the mistake. Just like that. And if there was a section I didn't like, I could just play that little spot in the middle without having to do the whole thing over again. They call it Punching in. Very nice feature.

And the engineer would say, Check out this section, see if you want to do anything with it. He could pick up where I'd made a mistake, and point it out so I could fix it. I really liked that, because I'm so used to just trying to cover up my mistakes and keep going, like in a live performance.

So next week, I'll go back, and we'll edit and make sure everything sounds good. And then my brother, Spencer, is going to do some bass lines in some of the songs.

I wrote two new songs, and put in a hymn arrangement that Spence and I arranged a few months ago. I think it's going to turn out pretty darn good.

I'm soo excited!!!!!

19 comments:

Jessica said...

Wow! I can't wait to hear it! I'm sure it sounds great!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

You are my hero~ That is just so cool Sher!

Queen Elizabeth said...

Awesome - keep us posted!

Mother Goose said...

what an amazing experience and opportunity! you go girl!

tammy said...

I thought about you and wondered how you were doing. That is nice they can just rewind like that and you can just pick up where you want, instead of having to start the whole song over again. I'm so excited for you!

Peggy said...

That punching in thing is awesome. I always thought you had to do it perfect the whole way through. Cool! And congrats!

Frumpy Luv said...

(love the high fives by the way)

Hey - I still have one good ear and have been LOVING your CD ... Thank you so much for sending it - it has brought much peace to our home - thank you thank you thank you!

Mikki said...

Way cool!! I'm glad it went well. Now, next time you don't have to be nervous at all-you'll know just what to expect.
I can't wait to hear the completed cd!!

wonder woman said...

I just got goosebumps! Seriously - when I read the line about you writing two songs and doing a hymn arrangement - I got really excited! I'm glad that the session went well and that "punching in" makes it easier on you.

YAY!!!

*MARY* said...

Do you teach your kids piano? My dad is a pianist, it was even his major in college, I begged and begged for him to teach me but he always said it was too hard to teach his own kids.

Jan said...

Sher, I am so stinkin proud of you. Look at you living your dream. I just love your music. I play it all the time. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures. I just can't imagine how exciting but yet nerve wracking it must be.

Keep us informed and and we are high 5'in you

Angela said...

Sa-Weet! I'm excited to hear the tunes... what a fun experience for you!

Barney Family Blog said...

I really think you ares just amaxing ;) that you are going after your dreams!! I am so excited to hear it all when you are done!!

Jodip12 said...

Sounds like you had so much fun....great job!

Andrea said...

I like the whole "punchin" in thing. Don't you wish you could do that in real life? You know, you yell at your kids and just go wait, can we back that up a few minutes and punch in what you should have done. Good Job! I'll be excited to hear the final result.

The Forney Four said...

That's AWESOME!! Congrats. I can't wait to hear it!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I want to know what it is when it comes out...I LOVE the piano and wish I was better at it...but I can poke around! Really though...let me know...I live in UTAH so I can buy it! :)

Nick and Stacey said...

Yeah for you, I am so excited!

Motherboard said...

YEAH for you! You rock! I wish I could "punch" a lot of things in my life...

I can't wait to see all the amazing things you do!

we should have had a rockband party the other night when we were basketball widows! That would have been fun! I have lots of shows I watch on thursdays... but my brain isn't working because its too late. and I'm tired.