Making an Album, Part Two

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What a day! I don’t use exclamation points lightly. They are dangerous and are to be employed only after much consideration and when absolutely necessary. But today was a good day. I’d love to write an actual post about it, complete with paragraphs and sparse exclamation points, but I’m just so tired. So another list will have to do.

1. Woke up in the Northern Cascade mountain range. The world outside is white and majestic. I spent some time jogging on a treadmill next to Gabe and Gully, then scarfed a bowl of Raisin Bran.

3cve2. Prayed and read the Bible with the fellas. The prayer was read from a wonderful book I got this year for Christmas, called A Diary of Private Prayer, by John Baillie. I recommend it.

3. Spent the next few hours setting up, which is a boring but necessary step towards actually making music. It means Todd (the engineer) and Ben place microphones, baffles, run cables, and turn knobs. It means each of us takes a turn sitting on a stool playing whatever song we can think of (mine was “Hello, Old Friends”, by Rich Mullins) while Todd dials in the sounds.

4. Finally, once everyone was sounding good in the control room, we donned our headphones and started work on “Fool With A Fancy Guitar”. We chose that one because I’ve been playing it since last June and we have a decent arrangement worked out already. It made sense to start with a song we could knock out pretty quickly, just to get our feet under us (sorry for the mixed metaphors).  But with Gabe on dobro it meant we had to chase down a part for him too. Once we figured it all out we recorded it live fifteen, maybe eighteen times, addressing new ideas as they arose, nailing down specific parts. We weren’t quite there yet, but it was lunch time (2 PM).

5. Lunch.

6. We came back in, refreshed, and on the second take played a keeper. We all knew it as soon as the last note faded out. That’s a good feeling.

7. Gabe and Ben spent the rest of the afternoon adding percussion, more dobro, piano, and bass.

8. Meanwhile, I wrote a bridge for a new song called “World Traveler”. Gully was off somewhere making a video.

9. Dinner.

10. We got back to the studio around 9:30 PM and started on the next song, called “Many Roads”. As I said on Twitter, it is not about universalism. We worked hard on it until the yawning started around 12:30 AM and called it a night.

And that, in case you were wondering, is why we’re recording in Washington. If we were at home there’s no way we would have gotten that much work done. If we can keep up this pace, we’ll be on track to come home next week with a mostly finished album, which is impressive if you know that Resurrection Letters, Vol. II took about three months to make.

Once again, I can barely keep my eyes. open. More to come tomorrow–hopefully a little video, too. And stay tuned, because we may figure out a way to set up a live stream of the recording, so you can tune in and see for yourself just how tedious this process is. Guaranteed to make you sleepy. I’ll let you know here if we figure something out.

In other news, if you’re a Twitterer, you can search #APAlbum for updates from all of us throughout the day. It’s like being here, only not at all.

Thanks for reading.

AP!

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


11 Comments

  1. Dieta

    I am feeling a little sheepish now about my frequent use of exclamation points. Of course, there is the fact that I actually talk like that when I’m excited-which is always. Especially when we are talking about A NEW ANDREW PETERSEN CD!!!!!!! Oh yeah, I use capitals a bunch, too.

  2. Jaclyn

    I’m vicariously enjoying your mountain view, tethered to my desk. It’s funny how we all find our own work tedious somehow. Looking forward to more updates!

  3. Jaclyn

    ^Yes please. Perhaps some sleepy musician faces as well.

    May I also add to Dieta’s sentiment: This is so COOL!

  4. Joy C

    You go, guys. I’m praying the LORD will give you all “times of refreshing” (Acts 4) – AND much sweet and deep music for us all.
    Yeah, and I know you’re not becoming a universalist. There’s nothing in all creation like Jesus.

    In max sec at the prison, we don’t have enough chairs for one of the Bible study groups. So some of the women sit on the floor… the other day, they made a “bench” of four chairs, for seven people to share… there was so much heart in that room, it was a little taste of heaven. We got talking about the love we feel deep inside, and how we wish there was a way to share it fully, yet how frustrating that is in this world… and how in heaven there will be nothing in the way. Maybe we’ll get together again in heaven and even remember this little time, and rejoice in what the LORD has done! Can you imagine.

  5. Kevin

    That’s way cool man that you’re making an album in the northern cascades of Washington! I think I remember that you sometimes visit Winthrop – is that where you’re recording? If so that is pretty random but very awesome. I grew up not far away and we’d go biking and cross country skiing up there all the time. Ditch the treadmill and try cross country skiing up at Sun Mountain. It’s a beautiful, peaceful excursion. Try skate skiing too for a faster ride.

    Prayers to you as you record and write. Hearing those song titles made me excited!

  6. Eric Purcell

    A Diary of Private Prayer is one of my favorites…Mine is an old copy and I don’t even remember where I got it, but it has been a helpful friend along the way.

  7. Tony Heringer

    “Woke up in the Northern Cascade mountain range.” That’s one of the lasting images I have of my lone trip to Seattle — different range of mountains, but man, what a view. I’m sure that is really fueling you guys.

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