In Chicago, Paul and I worked on dueling improvements to Gone and I liked his track about a billion times better, it actually made my jaw drop, so I scrapped mine and set up recording gear in the basketball court. The first soundcheck is available on my website
. For that take there were two mics set up at one end of the court opposite me. The reverb is crazy. Later Paul added a third mic for a closer sound.
I stayed at the freaky R. Kelly house to work on tracks for Dallas through Wednesday and Thursday nights. It had a shower that sprayed sideways from the wall out of six heads and built-in stereos everywhere. All the windows and skylights had remote control shades. There was an XLR input jack built into the wall of the basketball court, but I couldn’t make it work. It also had a terrible creepy feeling about it. I should have worked on Take the One
there, since it’s got that Addams Family thing going on.
Thursday night we went to see Scouts Honor
, but got there as they were finishing the last song, I am the Dust, which is my new favorite, so at least I heard that much.
By Saturday night I was really tired. I packed up my stuff and retired to a restless night of drinking wine and taking pictures in the hotel room, which reminded me of somewhere Charles Bukowski would stay, with sirens and strippers milling around.
I saw the Mary J. Blige video for Be Without You, which was beautiful, so I bought the album today. It is so tight. She is amazing.
Many thanks to the phenomenal DJ Kali,
for playing me records and loaning a computer monitor to my cause! To Paul, Craig, Lorin
, David, and Dave, who made this a great learning experience on a lot of levels. To Cassie, Darren, Koko, Nico, Jaime, Mark, everybody there was so talented and motivated. I can’t wait to see and hear what you do in the future!