Recording and CD launch

Added on Monday 10 Nov 2008

Spent the weekend recording another four songs for the CD. Geoff Martyn did the recording/engineering/mixing; at his newly setup studio. I'm happy with the result - all the songs are sounding good. That's the full complement of songs for the Album; we used to call them albums didn't we? I like the word Album more than I like the word CD, it sounds better to say 'I've just bought the new Album by......'.

I couldn't have done it without the help of my brother Peter who sang backing vocals and played Bass, Banjo Mandolin and Banjo - and Robert Ruthven who sang backing vocals and played guitar. Geoff also got in on the act by playing his Wurlitzer on one of the tracks (what an amazing sound that instrument is). So big thanks to Peter, Robert and Geoff.

The running order on the CD is likely to be as follows:

The handle's broken on my cup
My weather girl
The holiday song
On these dark nights
Tenderness
Daddy's car
Come dance with me
Sunday morning
Standing in the wings
The secrets you're keeping

Now all I need to do is get the CD artwork finished - and do whatever else needs to be done to send everything off to the CD makers - or whatever they are called - and then have the CD launch event. I say, 'all I need to do', but of course it's Pat that's been doing all the work to put on the CD launch night - and to get things organised so that it actually happens - rather than just something I write about. Thanks Pat. :-)

The cover artwork is being done by Duncan Macdonald who I met when I went down to Manchester a few months back to an arts conference; we were doing a workshop together about online networks and collaborative working online (doesn't sound exciting now that I write it down).

I'm looking forward to it all coming together and caressing those first CDs when they arrive in the post.

The CD launch will be on December 12 in the Hidden Lane Cafe - down at Finnieston. Don't forget, you are all invited. :-)

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