I've been singing "Mercy Street" as a lullaby to my daughters for a few years. It's one of their favorite night-time songs. I know its origins might seem a little seedy, but I nonetheless like to sing it to them. Here's a recent live version:
Those harmonies at the beginning are pretty damn impressive. I'm jealous. I can't even keep my harmonies that tight when I'm in the studio and have all the time in the world!
I've been able to get a few things done on my demos over the last few months.
In October and November, I recorded synthesizer and electric piano at my apartment. This has been an important element in making the songs sound a little more full and professional. I added synth pads to "Lost Cause" and "I Still See You," organs to "Check Once, Check Twice" and "Hello, Old Friend, Hello," and some Rhodes to "Business or Pleasure" and a couple others.
Just over the Christmas Break, I took some time to do some recording at Agassiz Elementary-Secondary school, where I teach. I recorded vocals from a friend, Jenn Lane, and my wife, Rachel Nordstrom. I also had Gord McLeod record some alto saxophone for "Soothe Me." It sounds wonderful.
Other than that, I've just been trying to make the songs a little more pristine before I take them to mixing. There are still a few important parts that need to be recorded:
So there's a lot to do yet. However, I hope to have the entirety of the recording finished by the end of Spring Break at the end of March. Then I can get it all mixed and mastered when I'm in Victoria this summer.
So it's moving at a pretty good pace.
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