Will: ‘Universal You’ To Be Mixed by 2/21

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And yes, thats 2/21 of THIS year.

For the last two weeks, Will has been neglecting his duties as a husband and father of two (only one wife) in order to churn out mixes of Standby, Piecing Together the World, Clever, Someone Else (featuring recent Grammy-winner Clay Cook!), Shame On Me, Corner of Your Smile, Heavy Hearts, The Common Life, Your Next Move, and Elizabeth.

My sincerest apologies to the wife and kids, but HOLY CRAP these mixes sound fantastic.

If you do the math, you’ll see we’re only four final mixes away (Ask Anyone, For Change’s Sake, Sunday Morning, Mason Jar) from having an entirely mixed 14-song “Universal You.”

Repent, for the end is near.

-Nate

P.S. We’ve also begun preliminary concepting for the album’s design/packaging, courtesy of Scott Sanders of Red Eye Gravy (a Lenz Music production). Very exciting times. More to come soon!

Studio 9/25: Tracking Complete

I spent Friday night laying down backing vocals for “Corner of Your Smile” and “Mason Jar” (we ended up going with the high harmonies after all, despite Will’s sultry baritone). Things went smoothly and we were through by midnight.

What’s more significant is that this marked the completion of all tracking for “Universal You.” This is a major, major benchmark, and long overdue.

Wrapping up tracking was as bittersweet as the six-pack of Sweetwaters we split (4/2 in my favor) to celebrate the milestone: it feels great to have finished recording, but I’ll certainly miss the sessions and (among other things) the creative collaborations with Will that made them special.

It’s kinda like when the Braves won the division in ’91… obviously, there was PLENTY to celebrate after years and years of waiting — hence the infield pile-on and clubhouse champagne shower — but there was still work to be done. Thanks for ruining my fall, Jack Morris, you wiley son of a bitch.

So, no more playing, no more singing. Just plenty of tweaking, EQing, balancing, and other essential knob-turning that Will handles on his own (per his request) while I stare at my email inbox, waiting for the mixed files to come in.

It’s in Will’s hands now.

Please stay tuned, we’re almost there.

-Nate

Geez, if this record were a baby it’d be starting kindergarten right about now.

Studio 3/17: Fingerpicking and NyQuil

“The Corner of Your Smile.” Arguably the simplest, most unassuming song on the record. With only a finger-picked guitar track as accompaniment, nailing down a strong, solid vocal was a must.

Too bad my head was slammed shut with a gluey substance as yellow as this page.

Will (God bless him) wasn’t feeling great, either. He had battled allergies all day, and like me, wasn’t exactly psyched for our session. He hid it well, though, and pressed on like a true professional–for that I am thankful. Inspired by his steadfast determination, I was able to summon my best performance given the snotty circumstances. My apologies to whatever poor soul is using that microphone tonight.

Did you guys know that Will is NOT Jewish? All this time, I thought he was. Jew or Gentile, it obviously doesn’t matter, of course. I just think he’s been misrepresenting himself.

Jesus works in mysterious ways. Unless you’re Jewish, in which case he just works.

Out of sleeping pills. NyQuil it is.

-Nate

Corner of Your Smile

maybe you’re right

maybe i don’t know you well enough

to say what i’ve said

to mean every word

 

believe what you will

if it’s easier that way

but ask yourself why you are here

 

when, if not tomorrow

when will i see you again

don’t make it harder than it has to be

 

yesterday was a year ago

the sun broke free

and came to soon

 

is there no truth to

the nights we spent together

is there no room for me in your life

 

when, if not tomorrow

when will i see you again

don’t make it harder than it has to be

give in to me

 

give me something i can go on

something to hold me over

 

is there no truth

in the corner of your smile

is there no room for me in your life

 

when, if not tomorrow

when will i see you again

don’t make it harder than it has to be

give in to me

 

give me something i can go on

something to hold me over

until i’m over you