Saturday, January 11, 2014

Studio Tour Ramblings

Hello Sweet Friends,

As Edie would say "We are cuttin' some sweet tracks!" And it is true, these songs are sounding so great. I know I probably should be more skeptical of myself, but, truly I love how these songs are shaping up.

Two things have really stood out to me this week. First- it is so enjoyable to sing cover songs. Our voices are encountering new melodies that we wouldn't have written, and we sing them differently. It showcases a new side of our voices, which makes for an interesting listen. Second-  I am loving that every song is a duet. Some of you know that I am part of The Lower Lights, and one aspect that shines for me in that group is how many voices join together on most songs. Making an album having my voice woven with Edie's is pretty lovely. Our voices are very different and yet I have been happily surprised how good they sound together.  I did fear "what if Edie and I get into the studio and we don't sound good together?" Yes, that would have been epic fail.  I knew that I loved singing with her, but I am so happy that it works on another level as well. Yay, go team.

Today we got to have lunch with one of my favorite people, Courtney Kendrick. She is kind and always thoughtful in her questions and conversations. She has an ease about her that makes you feel relaxed. She has a glow about her and I feel better after being with her. You are lucky Provo that you get her all the time.

I am also loving the two hours in the car every day. Edie could be the best conversationalist in the world. We never, and I mean NEVER run out of stuff to say. Half of it is making me pee with laughter. The rest of it is contemplating topics running the gamut of marriage, music careers, when your child starts vomiting, which NPR hosts we love, favorite TV dramas, and who will come to our funerals.

Love to you all this weekend. Next week we have a special guest, the beautiful Mai Bloomfield is flying in from LA to play on the record and sing with a us. We will let you in on it.

sarah (and edie and scott)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

3. 2. 1. ACTION!

Hello Friends!

I am sitting in my luxury chair at June Audio,  looking at our Producer Scott Wiley do his magic at the console. Edie Carey and I are in the studio for the next two weeks making our new lullaby record. I feel a rooted happiness that is relieving and elevating to my heart. I've never made a record like this before: a duet album, a new genre, a collection of covers and a few originals, and the time and space to create over time. My last two records have been made live with a large group of gorgeous friends who spread their talent into every second of 15 hour recording days. It is a whirlwind of emotion and song and friendship, and we emerge on the other side of a few days with a record. I have been so happy how those albums have sounded.

This album is subtle and filled with space and thought. The pacing is completely different and I am loving it. Recording over two weeks is a gift at this time in my life. We call our friends one by one to come into the studio to help with an idea or play a track. We get to dine at all the hip yummy Provo joints. Working with Scott has been easy and fun. His experience producing lends him a bazillion ideas for each song,  over and over in the last two days I have been so happy that he is at the helm. Edie Carey is one of the most easy humans to spend time with. She is hilarious and we laugh through the whole day, not to mention her voice on the big speakers is slaying me.

My mom is a saint in this mix. She is watching all three children;  navigating two toddlers sleep schedules and cutting up food into small tiny pieces. I bring her an icy Pace's Dairy Ann fountain Coke every morning when I drop Maeve off and she steps into super Grandma mode. The pattern of my mother helping me realize my dream in music has been woven continuously through my life. Thank you mom.

So, we are on day two. The songs so far sound beautiful. I hope they lull you away into a dreamy settled place.

I'll keep you posted.

xo on reverb.

Sarah (and Edie)
 Paul Jacobsen
 Edie, Dustin Christensen, and me!
 sarah & edie
 Edie trying out mics
Scott Wiley