Posts by Kevin

Recording Journal Vol. 12: “John Denver, We Miss You”

Recording Journal Vol. 12: “John Denver, We Miss You”

Last night we worked on “Kevin’s Prayer” and I’m excited about where that song is headed. I’m equally pleased about the progress of “Sunny Day in November,” which KG seems to like quite a lot. In fact, all I had to do was stay out of the way as Kev played through it time upon time to find what he...

Recording Journal, Vol. 11: “Life is Like That”

Recording Journal, Vol. 11: “Life is Like That”

I’ve been to KG’s twice since I last wrote, including an evening session last night that resulted in the ghost-tracking of the songs “Awake (But Not Alive)” and “Kevin’s Prayer.” I’m pleased that KG (Kevin Gorman) liked the arrangement of both songs. One is somewhat dark, and the other is off the beaten path of the kind of stuff I...

Recording Journal, Vol. 10: “Everything’s Just Fine”

Recording Journal, Vol. 10: “Everything’s Just Fine”

KG and I started on two more songs last week. We put together a rhythm track for an acoustic food-tapper called “Everything’s Just Fine.” It’s a song I wrote almost exactly five years ago. I’ve performed it live a handful of times with both Dave Cook and with KG. As we were working on it, the thought occurred to me...

Recording Journal, Vol. 9: “Horrible Sounding!”

Recording Journal, Vol. 9: “Horrible Sounding!”

Had a fun night at Delaware Speedway last Friday. There are a lot of people at that place for whom I have a great amount of respect. It’s always nice to share some time with them. KG and I managed to get through the national anthems without too much trouble. They didn’t run us out of the place, so I...

Recording Journal, Vol. 8: “Going Slowly”

Recording Journal, Vol. 8: “Going Slowly”

Things are going slowly. While KG continues to renovate and rebuild his new studio, he also suffered an important keyboard malfunction this week. Meantime, I’ve got so many other priorities that are simply higher on the list than the music. A pity. Our sole progress this week (other than a little discussion) was a re-ghost of the acoustic guitar on...

Recording Journal, Vol. 7: “The Grind”

Recording Journal, Vol. 7: “The Grind”

Considering the fact that I’m totally burnt from all the challenges of the last few months, this wasn’t a bad week. In golf, they call it “grinding”; it’s what you do to keep yourself in the game even though you don’t have your best stuff. That’s been me over the last few weeks.  It’s cool when people ask me, “How...

Recording Journal, Vol. 6: “Tinkering with No Schedule”

Recording Journal, Vol. 6: “Tinkering with No Schedule”

We made a little more musical progress last week with one studio session, most of which was spent on the song “Bagley Avenue.” Going into this process, I had imagined that we’d use Kevin Gorman’s piano to carry the lead instrumental melody. Or, maybe I should say it this way; I hoped that would be the case, since Kevin is...

Recording Journal, Vol. 5: “Zac Brown, Green Day and Progress Made”

Recording Journal, Vol. 5: “Zac Brown, Green Day and Progress Made”

Boy, was this a great week for music in my world. After sitting a little stagnant for a while, I became suitably jazzed thanks to two brilliant CDs, each by artists I’d never given any positive thought to previously. The first was “21st Century Breakdown” by Green Day. Having heard from an acquaintance that the album was “a masterpiece,” I...

Recording Journal, Vol 4: “No Schedule for, well, ‘No Schedule'”

Recording Journal, Vol 4: “No Schedule for, well, ‘No Schedule'”

Not much new to report on the music front. But since I promised myself only a week ago that I’d keep up a regular look into the proceedings, I suppose I’ll tell you why there’s nothing new musically. This past week was typical of how time seems to accelerate when we most want it to slow down. I actually visited...

Recording Journals Vol. 1 – 3: N/A?

Recording Journals Vol. 1 – 3: N/A?

If you’ve actually read back this far and are curious to see how this all began, I apologize. The first three journal entries may be lost forever. One can only hope the universe will not collapse upon itself as a result. Although these entries appear chronologically on this site, they were in fact all added here (and subsequently back-dated) in...