Lisa and I left after work on Thursday all packed and bound for Nashville. We arrived around 9:30 after having to drive through about an hour and a half of some pretty heavy rain. Michael, Robert, Rechtien, Rolanda, Sonni and Gary had just wrapped up recording and mixing for the day. We stayed up for a while talking and then called it a night.
On Friday morning, Lisa had planned to meet up with Kristen W., who lives in Nashville and goes to school at Vanderbilt, for breakfast. However, Kristen had left for a wedding on Thursday night instead of Friday morning as previously planned, so Lisa was present throughout the entire morning. Gary came back to the studio around 10am and Mike and Robert and he finished mixing "Take Me To Jesus". The song sounds wonderful and the performance that has been recorded and mixed is truly an amazing display of talent on all fronts (musically, lyrically and vocally - not to mention on the engineering/production side as well). After that work was completed, we all went to lunch at McAllister's deli (our usual food spot when we are recording).
After lunch it was time for me to record my song, "Miracle Day". We started out stepping our way through the first verse, which I am used to performing. After making our way through the second verse (which is not performed in our current live format), we spent quite some time focussing on the licks of the bridge and the vocal intonations of those phrases. After about and hour and a half of singing, it was determined that we had captured enough quality vocals to begin editing/mixing the voacl track for the song. They made their way through the entire song performing a rough edit, but then it was time to shut things down. They didn't actually finish mixing the song to what it will be in its final format, but for now my portion of the work is completed. There are still some volume issues and other various tracks that need to be adjusted, but the portion that has been completed sounds good at this point.
Saturday morning we had planned to meet up with my friend Jen for breakfast, but those plans also fell through. So instead of spending time messing around Nashville like we had thought we might do, Lisa and I decided to just make the trek home, so we could work on the house and just relax a bit. The trip back was uneventful and we made great time. We spent Saturday evening doing some painting on the exterior of the house. It's slow progress, but it will look good once it is finished.
Sunday morning I woke up with a headache, so we didn't end up making it to "The Hour of Power" at the nursing home. This makes it three weeks since we have been and I really miss it. By 9:00 my headache had dissipated enough to make it to FBCH for Sunday School. We've spent the past two weeks going to the Young Married couple's class, which is taught by Matt Whickham. I worked with Matt in the past for the College group that he taught and I really enjoy his teaching style and it is obvious that he puts time and effort into studying the material he is teaching.
Lisa has met some of the girls in the class by attending my softball games on Thursday night. Matt plays on the same church team as I do (he has for several years now) as do several other young married guys who are also in the class with us. It's been nice to see Lisa kind of connecting with these ladies (she has quite a bit in common with several of them) and it makes the Sunday School class more welcoming. We are looking forward to becoming more involved in the class and are happy to be surrounding ourselves with peers that have similar interests and beliefs.
We start practices again on Wednesday. It seesm like it has been forever since we have all met up. It will be good to see everyone again and to start working on things again.