Recording the Album 3 – rehearsals

At the first rehearsal everyone got to know each other. Some of the band members already knew each other.

I had asked my friend Rachel to come along to all the rehearsals and to the studio because I wanted someone around who would look after the needs of the band in terms of us being fed and watered; Rachel has a flair for food, what can I say. Her taking this role on meant that I was able to concentrate on the music. Also I was glad of her female company, men and women just don’t think alike and although all the band are wonderful men I did feel out numbered.

I had sent out mp3’s to the band before the first rehearsal, taking on Rob Medley’s advice about letting the band live with the songs for a while. We took a little time at the beginning of the session to listen to the songs live. Then we began throwing our ideas about, everybody contributed the the session.

I knew exactly where I wanted to go with a couple of songs so they took shape quite quickly. “Wherever You Lead Me” came together really well; it took off in the rehearsal, I think that was because everybody could relate to the song and it’s ‘all out serve to God’ message The other songs needed more work.

We played through all the songs at the first rehearsal. The foundation had been laid.

Recording the Album 2 – research

I had lots of meetings with lots of people with different specialisms. I met up with Debbie Laycock (Ichthus) to check my theology. I played my songs to Chris and Jennie Orange (Ichthus) and Mike Burn (family worship). I took along a CD of rough tracks and printouts of the chords and words so that it wasn’t a performance.

I wanted to know from these guys if I had an album. Luckily they said yes. I also highlighted points in the songs that I wasn’t happy with. Brian Doerksen says “that a songwriter always knows what’s wrong with a song”.  Chris, Jen and Mike all made helpful suggestions for the areas in question. I also asked the guys for any tips they had for the recording process. Jen said “take lots of food”, Chris said “expect it to consume your life” and Mike said “ expect everything to go wrong. All good preparation, I have to say.