Sorry to be so long between blog entries. But I have a good excuse…I’ve been REALLY, REALLY busy. This afternoon, I finished 3 days of orchestra sessions here in Nashville – recording the Nashville String Machine for the performance tracks of the soon-to-launch new version of THE PROMISE, in Branson, MO – at the Mansion America Theater. These sessions were the culmination of 2 months of songwriting and another 7 weeks of wall-to-wall orchestrating. With the expert engineering help of my friend, Doug Sarrett, we captured some 90 minutes of music with a 45 piece studio orchestra – made up of some of the very finest recording musicians on the planet. (I really can’t say enough good things about the caliber of musicianship and hard work these players bring to the dates. They are simply terrific.)
My co-writer of the songs – Deborah Craig-Claar, is also in town for the sessions. For her as well as me, it was a thrill to hear all the weeks of hard work realized so beautifully by these talented musicians. We record the chorus vocals on Monday – using 16 of our very best session singers here in town.
Soon the show will be in the capable hands of its director – Mike Meece. The authors, Jan Dargatz, Deborah and I – can relax a bit – now that our “heavy lifting” is over.