Recording Liturgical Folk
I made it to Charlottesville Sunday. Met up with Isaac Wardell, the producer of the first two releases in the "Liturgical Folk" series, and I can already tell it's going to be so much fun to work with him. He is one of those people who makes you comfortable right from the start.
After a couple small errands (including picking up an amazing pedal steel guitar!), it was right to the rehearsal studio. We spent Monday charting out the album and doing a read-thru with the musicians.
Rehearsal all day Tuesday, and then we start recording volume 1 the day after. Ditto for the volume 2 the next couple of days after that.
On Day 2 we finished rehearsing songs before heading into the studio to set up and get levels.
The next day, we began recording and tracked five songs, on pace to finish Volume One on Day 4.
Father Nelson Koscheski was also able to join us in the studio. He heard his poems come to life in ways he never expected.
In the spirit of collaboration, we invited several singers to take lead vocals on different songs, including Yolonda Jones, Nan McMillan, and Paul Zach.
25 songs in 4 days! My goodness. Producer Isaac Wardell says this is a new record for him. These musicians are troopers.
We finished recording our first set of twelve songs on Thursday, picked up Melissa Flanigan from the airport Thursday night, and started right in on the second round of thirteen songs Friday morning.
We finished Saturday, and spent Sunday doing overdubs.
After recording and hearing how these songs have taken shape, we've decided to make Volume One the settings record (singable prayers for the church family) and to call it Table Settings. Volume Two, then, will be the hymns of Fr. Nelson Koscheski and Ryan Flanigan, and will be called Edenland.
Table Settings will represent the highly practical side of Liturgical Folk with songs that can be immediately implemented in church and family worship.
Edenland will also be useful, especially to churches who want to introduce new hymns, but it will largely represent the more contemplative and artistic side of Liturgical Folk, helping to fund the church's imagination for deeply thoughtful, high quality music for beauty's sake.