After a lot of labor and patience, my first CD, “Soothing Guitar” has finally arrived.
I had the initial run of 50 copies shipped to my office downtown. It arrived a day early and the good people at Discmakers even enclosed an extra 4 copies of it.
The artwork came out just as we planned. The finish on the CD itself is wonderful. Your CD player will display my name, the name of the piece playing, and the name of the composer.
So, how did we get here, anyway?
For the past few years, some of my friends who come hear me play regularly have been asking me about a CD.
One person (you know who you are) approached me in a wine bar where I was playing and flatly told me “OK. You’re good enough now. Time to make a CD!”
Frankly, I had an idea of the work that was going to be involved. So, I procrastinated . . .for about 3 years!
When I finally decided to take the plunge I discovered that recording a CD is not as difficult as I thought it was going to be.
It was actually much worse!!
The first piece I recorded, “Preludio Triston” by Maximo Diego Pujol was the most difficult. I use a ZOOM H4n with the XY mic arrangement set at 180 degrees (for you tech nerds out there). I placed the ZOOM right in front of the base of my guitar neck. This gives the best sound reproduction.
The ZOOM does a great job reproducing exactly what goes into it.
And that is what makes recording so difficult!
Since I don’t have the luxury of swapping out segments of the music, each piece was recorded “straight through.” I think I spent about 5 hours on a Saturday afternoon until I finally got a version of the piece I could live with.
Over the next few days I began to record “Spanish Romance.” After about 8 tries I had a good version of this one as well.
Then the unthinkable happened. As I was labeling the final version of Spanish Romance I accidentally deleted my final version of the Preludio as well!
I almost screamed . . .
Instead of screaming or cursing (at least not out loud) I told myself “Do or Die!” I sat down in front of the ZOOM and just played both pieces once through. They came out just fine on that one take!
Over time it got easier. I was able to finish the last few tracks in just a week.
As I would finish recording each piece, I would transmit the files to Eduardo Costa for mastering. Once all of the tracks were mastered and the cover art was done, it was a simple matter of transmitting the whole package to Discmakers in New Jersey.
Soon the website will be set up take orders for the physical CD as well as the MP3 downloads.
I was planning on having a release party for the CD in October, but some of you (again, you know who you are) are a bit impatient, so I am offering the CD immediately.
That said, on September 21, 2019, at 7:00 PM Maurine and I will be hosting a promotional event at North End Coffeehouse where the CD will offered for sale. I will play all of the pieces on the CD and share a little about each piece. There will even be a chance to win a copy of the CD.
I already have the play list and art work selected for CD number 2. Stay tuned . . . .