Jonathan Wilson has the best smelling studio in the galaxy perhaps. No stinky drummer smells in his space at all, not a whiff of stale beer. Instead, it’s an elegant wood loft, with high ceilings, and it’s distinctly aromatic with pleasing sandalwood / frankincense notes. And the smell of hot tape, vintage BBC microphones and a nice warm Neumann high above my violin.
I was here today recording a song for Wil Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes) was there too with his flugelhorn, not a word I get to use very often, so I’m going to say it again… F-L-U-gelhorn! And I ran into Gillian Welch on the way in, one of the finest female vocalists in this beautiful land.
A lovely afternoon, and a good strings day. I love the sound Jonathan captured with his special sensitive warm mics and lovely desk. Mmmmm.
Meanwhile, Julia Kent was recording my cello parts in New York for the movie soundtrack, and tonight I’m going to finish the mix with Henry Strange… then I’m heading out to San Diego ready to play a live show for a fashion show featuring Dies Van Noten, Donna Karan, Prada, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana and a host of fabulousness… (including Jimmy Choo shoes)
Time to pack the bags!