Studio Diary Part 4
Oh, the wind and the rain
Thursday, August 31
It is raining. It is the first proper rainy day we’ve had for a long while and the traffic on I-5 is behaving accordingly, all backed up with everyone driving twenty miles below the speed limit. It’s a bit aggravating, but once I’ve merged on to the interstate, I become a beacon. I am the best driver on this road and everyone is enlightened by my presence. They fall behind me in my lane, instantly emboldened to drive like normal, unafraid people. They are set free. Carson calls this attitude “toxic masculinity” but what does she know.
I’ve brought more guitars to the studio so as to have a bigger palette when capturing these songs, which, for now, are heavily focused on these unadorned, unaccompanied instruments. Tucker is in the control room, loading up the session from the day before. There has been a water leak in the bathroom and he goes to great lengths to explain that the water on the floor is in fact water and not just him peeing everywhere. Studio Assistant Ryan has his own water-related troubles: his car has a leak on the roof and there is rainwater pouring into the interior and he has locked his keys in the car. Some poorly informed discussion is had about what the likely culprit is for the leak before we all decide he should just rely on AAA for instruction. It’s an hour before we actually get going on recording.
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