I'm so glad I posted before I left for my recording session. I got there at 8PM. MusicMan had a friend there. They were talking shop [you know, gadgets, horns and whistles ::yawn::] I still had no idea what I was going to record so he suggested I just pick up the guitar and warm up.
His friend was fiddling with a bass guitar. He complimented me on my strumming style. Nice to hear, considering I really don't know what I'm doing. He thought I was kidding until he asked me to play an A so he could tune his bass to my guitar. "Which string is that?" They both dropped their jaws. MusicMan refused to believe I was serious. He rolled his eyes and waved me off. OK, but his friend still had to show me the A string. We jammed for a bit. Fun. Inspiring.
I was surprised by the song that wanted desperately to be heard. It's one of my throw-aways. It's about six years old and I've played it maybe twice on stage. It's a rocking, high-energy powerhouse. At best, I can sing it three times in a row before I go completely hoarse [and blow everyone's eardrums - including my own, with headphones on!]
His friend left and we began recording at 9PM. After one run-thru for the levels, we did a full recording. I thought for sure that was a done deal. I even told MusicMan he couldn't get a better take from me tonight. We listened to it a couple of times. I was satisfied. Great. Thought I was done. Suddenly my heart dropped as I realized the very first lyrics I sang were wrong. Well, what did I expect? I hadn't played this song in...years. I almost bailed. I didn't want to do another take. I don't even think he did. But he stood up and placed the headphones on my head, turned the volume up and said, "You can't hear yourself. Do another take."
I don't know what happened but something clicked and I was ON. Not only was it a better take, it was the best performance ever! HA! Go figure. The playback filled the whole studio - sent chills down my spine and brought tears to my eyes. I was/am stunned by how much I really like the song. I'm afraid it just might be a hit. HA HA! Creativity ROCKS!