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When Dr. Snider and I were discussing the concept for a new CD, we knew we wanted
to include some of the most requested tunes we perform. Often, when we perform people
approach and ask for "Yellowbird" or "Marianne" or other "rum and coke" tunes. But
we should put our own University of Akron spin on these classics. So we got some
new arrangements together with the help of alums Tom Miller and Josh Quillen, old
friends like Cliff Alexis, new friends like Jonah Koslen, and even current band
members like Mark Halaiko. Of course, I would put my two cents in as well. So after
finals are over in May, we get to work. A couple of rehearsals, a few days off and
then into the studio!
Today Cliff arrives and we meet him with the instruments at Commercial Recording
Studios in Independence, OH. We load in and Cliff starts working his magic, "fixing
up" our pans, some of which are over twenty years old.
The fun begins. We begin recording and learning. The experience learned in the
studio is invaluable. There is no better way to prepare for the studio than by working
in the studio. We have a few "casualties" and "meltdowns" but we also have everyone
"steppin it up" at the right time. We even have an unexpected guest: Ray Holman
stops in for a visit! He just happened to be in Ohio.
Rich and I start the mix. The band and the pans sound phenomenal. We don't need
to do too much in the way of tweaking. A few things here and there and everything
but Keron's solo on "Green, Green G