I recorded my new album in November with the amazing John Chiodini on guitar and with help from a phenomenal recording engineer from Los Angeles named Paul Tavenner. The three of us had loads of fun making great music over a couple of weeks in the studio and now are continuing to listen to the tracks, editing and mixing them from afar. I made a point not to rush the production of this album–planning CD release events too far in advance can tend to bring unwanted stress, and so I decided not to add more pressure to my life than necessary! I am still enjoying the benefits of our second CD, “Dear Peg,” which thankfully continues to receive international airplay and brings a continuous stream of concert performances into my calendar.
This forthcoming project, “Sweet Youth,” is coming together beautifully. Some of the highlights include several new arrangements of favorite standards of mine including a very tricky-to-sing piece called “Autumn Nocturne.” This song, incidentally, is on the album precisely because a fan told me specifically (after hearing me perform it live) that she hoped to hear my recording of it on my next album…that compliment got me thinking more seriously about the song. I am very glad to have received that nugget of a suggestion, considering the fact that this song is exceedingly hard for singers (due to wide, challenging melodic arpeggiations), so I was excited to find that the end result sounded great.
Another fun trait of this album will be the majority of original songs featured therein. We have a new setting of an old Arthur Gillom poem which came off as a folksong, a meditative song with Biblical text, a playful blues tune and several songs which look back upon more tender times. I am thoroughly excited to share this project with the public and am now accepting sponsorships from people who are interested in partnering with me to put out this new album of guitar/vocal duet music as John and I were inspired to perform together. If you or your company would like to sponsor a song on this album (you’ll be acknowledged in the liner notes unless you prefer to remain anonymous) your help toward this artistic endeavor would be much appreciated and you can feel great about supporting working artists! After all, we would not have much of the music of Mozart or Haydn or so many other master composers had it not been for their patrons and benefactors paying them to write… To sponsor a song, simply write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much to those who have already undertaken this venture–we could not do it without you. I hope you will enjoy the final product as much as I know I will!