OK, that title was from a kids song ~laugh~ It sticks in your head, or in my head at any rate. Hurricane...the leads are finished! I sang more than I thought I could and the sound was so different from anything I have ever done. Breathy, angry, full of angst and pain. In a way I can't believe that I did it, that I could take it even partially where it needed to go. It has weighed on my mind since the June recordings, I worried that I would just fall into my old bad singing habits and not be able to pull myself into the space I needed. Every time I step in the studio I learn something new about myself. I discover new voices within me. I feel exhilarated.
The picture? Well that's me with my music and chord charts as we discuss harmonies, which we sang quite a lot of. I think I sang more yesterday into the microphone than I ever have. The harmonies though are just pure joy to sing. The quintessential creative collaboration. We play the tracks and we are both singing harmonies, trying out different variations, different approaches. Doug had these awesome ideas for Hurricane, which sound, almost uncomfortable, but in a good way. There is this one part where I sing "I'm going insane", and the harmony lands squarely on the 7th (right on the word Insane) and Oh.My.GOD does it just rub in this delicious and creepy way that just sends shivers down my spine. We spent almost the whole day on Hurricane, but it's worth it, so worth it.
We also finished up Eurydice, with more eerie harmonies that just add this otherworldly feel to the whole song. Which is EXACTLY what I am looking for.
Chasms of darkness where shadows and fear grip my soul
A vast realm of silence so lost, so cold
I am not ready to let this go. I am not ready to be done with my parts. I am not ready to finish this album. I enjoy this creation so much, I enjoy writing and the ultimate satisfaction of layering textures and sounds, literally creating the lyric I am writing. Today is the last day of singing, I am not ready for it to be the last day. It is bittersweet. Kevin Breit said something to me when he was in doing the guitar tracks. He said that even in his most favorite gigs, he feels a bit sad, because he knows that the night will end and in doing such it's hard to really live in that moment and just simply enjoy it. That's exactly how I feel right now. I want to just live in today, but feel this intense melancholy that my part is just about over.