The Singles Series: Always Leave The Tape Rolling

iPhone, Voice Memo, tape reel, Gibson guitar

Transparent recording process reveals all. Archivists know that the most illuminating moments in music often come when the engineer leaves the tape machine in recording mode, as the musicians talk about whatever suits them. This week Shelly Peiken and I finished writing a song we started last Spring. It’s called Better Not To Care. For […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Electric Guitar, Piano, Bongos, Conga & Triangle

Funkytown Studio, guitar, bass drums, velvet pants, plaid suit, long hair, Tamla drums

Transparent recording process reveals all. I’ve known John Fields a long time. It’s a friendship that veers between collaboration, BBQ, the camaraderie of our same-aged daughters, and our passion for the great music. With long-time relationships, comes funny stuff. Truth becomes unavoidable. Walls come down. And elephants in the room suddenly begin screaming. He and […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Slide Guitar, Mellotron, New Drums

Brass slide on Guild guitar neck with mid-60's Gibson 125 on the floor.

Transparent recording process reveals all. After years of not playing the slide guitar, “Invisible” beckons to shake off the rust. It’s something I love to do, having learned how in the 90’s, playing along to “Love In Vain” on The Rolling Stones‘ “Let It Bleed”, and J. B. Hutto & Lightning Hopkins records. It got […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Tracking Bass

John Fields plays bass in a recording studio to a new song called "Invisible" by Willie Wisely

Transparent recording process reveals all. Originally I’d shown up at John Field’s studio to talk him through my drum vision for “Invisible”, a new song by Cliff Hillis & myself. Instead, John picked up his trusty Harmony bass, and got to work laying it down. Without any thought or discussion we kept last week’s rough […]

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