This past week has been a busy one but especially these last two days. We recorded the piano part for Portraits of Hope through the night on Wednesday and most of the night on Thursday. I am thrilled to be done and holding my breath waiting for the mixes.
I have to say that I was thrilled with our experience at Kennesaw State University. They take music very seriously over there and went out of their way to help us in any way possible. Their performance center is absolutely stunning with all kinds of technology that helps produce a great sound. And the piano I used (a Steinway D they call Miss Mary) was close to flawless. It took a while to get the feeling that I was in control of the sound, but once I played it for a few hours, I was in love with it.
I am hardly surprised that I liked the piano. The technician, Andy Williamson, probably talked to me an hour one day last month about the piano and my project. Like I said, they take music seriously.
The recording actually went faster than I expected. I actually did a few one-take songs which is very unusual for me. I have a tendency to obsess about things and want to keep doing retakes, but the reality is that my first takes are normally my best ones.
Here are some pictures from the process.