Nashville Part 3
I’m slowly starting to get used to this chivalry thing around here, but, by the time I get home I may not even remember how to open a door.
Aj and I did some light Nashville touring today before having to bust through the last chunk of preproduction. He drove me around the small streets of Nashville in his double length, enormous, and extremely comfortable truck. If there is any stereotype that has yet to be made about the south, it’s that people here drive way to much and they don’t know how.
For lunch we went to a southern kitchen cafeteria called “Pie Wagon”, and the chubby, ginger server called me “baby girl.” It was the whole southern package.
After lunch we headed down to County Q to check out the studio we will be recording in for the next 2 or 3 days. It’s going to be so cool! There, I met Paul Scholten who is the owner of the studio and who will also be playing drums on “Walkin Way.” He was a very mellow guy, he calmed my nerves and let me know the ropes before tomorrow. The studio is super spacious, there are instruments within reach anywhere you sit down. I’ve been daydreaming about the vocal booth, too… Something about singing by myself in a tiny room with fat headphones on. I’m really excited now, and less nervous.
Following County Q we headed to SEASAC publishing where I had a meeting with them about publishing my music, contracts, yadda, yadda. Basically about getting paid if anything I ever wrote was played on the radio. They would be in charge of paying. Money people. This is the important stuff, not the fun stuff. However, it can be money stuff so, I took some pamphlets and will follow through with them once I have something for a radio station to play in the first place.
Next door to SEASAC works a great friend of AJ’s. His name is Joseph McLean Gregory, he is a musician, producer, talent scout, etc.. He was incredibly friendly, very enthusiastic and showed me some kick ass dance music by a up and coming pop artist that I’m sure we will all remember the name of in about 2 years. (its going to be great at Burningman!)He knows everyone and everything.It helps that he is also a hair dresser. Or should I say “color specialist.” This man has done hair on Shania Twain, Donna Summers, Dolly, Taylor Swift….. and he has some hysterical stories. And by the way, this guy is the heir to the Hope Diamond. He wrote an entire book about it. And of course, made a Hope Diamond Fragrance (duh). Oh, and he’s the gayest man in the south… if you couldn’t tell.
Not long after meeting Joey,it was back to business. We finally finished charting the last three songs, printed out the final lyric sheets, worked out remaining harmonies and nearly passed out in the office. I’m so glad thats over with. From what I can tell all the fun is coming up tomorrow and Thursday in the studio.
Once I finish my vocals I’ll have some night time Nashville stories for you. Until then I”m staying in at night so that I don’t get too worn out. Its a lot of work out here, I’m sleepy already!
I have rest up and drink lots of tea before tomorrow, so I’ll leave you guys with a bad music joke.
Tommy: “Mommy, Mommy, I want to be a musician when I grow up!”
Mom: “Well, you can’t do both.”
night night, miss you!