At first, I envisioned the record as just a collection of songs with myself singing and playing guitar as I normally would in a live situation. Problem was, I kept thinking, “well, THIS song could use some baritone, THAT one could use some guit-jo and electric piano…” So, now I’m adding instruments. This means I have to make up the parts in the studio. It’s been years since I’ve made an album, and the songs are getting their own personalities.
Working in the studio is disturbing mental muscles I didn’t know I had. Achieving a state of relaxed concentration is a lot of work in and of itself. Just when the mind is finally waking up, the session’s over.