Hmmm...I've been thinking about the studios and I think I've made my decision. :)
Today I went to see a studio in Southampton. The chap(s) there seemed really nice - and again very helpful. The studio looked great and everything he was saying sounded really good.
I reckon that I'm going to pick this second studio. The one on Tuesday was also really good, but I kind of get a feeling that number two is the one for me. :)
We had a discussion about doing the songs with just guitar and vocals and piano and vocals, and came up with the idea of doing five that way, and five with a few more instruments. I was thinking of songs like Tea Leaves and Old Magazines and thinking that they might lose something if they were just guitar and vocals.
I've put together a list of songs. It was really difficult knowing which ones to use and leave out...but this is what I've come up with...
(They aren't in order at the mo)
Tea Leaves and Old Magazines
I Live Through the Song
Gold and Blue
Topsy Turvy World
Tripping Through Violets
My Little Ukulele Song
A Woman You Don't Know
I may take one out of that list and put in another new one (called 'To Ireland I'll Away' (recognise that title? :))) - but I don't know what to take out.
Those ten tracks will take about 4 days in the studio. I'm not sure which ones will be the 'simple' ones though. Possibly...Gold and Blue...To Ireland I'll Away...I don't know...looking at the others it sort of seems as though I should add more instruments...but that would probably mean 5 days in the studio. I'll ask Gareth (the chap there :)).
Whilst writing this blog entry I'm currently listening to Joni Mitchell's 'Cactus Tree.' It's such a beautiful song, it's making me go all gooey! Lol. My friend Vic leant me 'Song To A Seagull' and it's gorgeous...well it's Joni...so... ;)
I was thinking earlier...Joni's music is like unwrapping a present that has an infinite number of layers, or a nice cup of tea that goes on forever and changes its taste at every sip so you never get sick of it. :) Or your favourite jumper that has the smell of memories, or your favourite book - you could read it a million times over and notice something special that you didn't notice before at every read. Well that's how it's making me feel anyway. :) I really feel like sitting in a really quaint cafe where the sun beams through the windows, sipping one of those cups of tea right now...I'm getting all carried away. Lost in my own funny head.