When you consider that Cliff Eberhardt and I didn’t really know each other well when we started this project; that he had never seen me play, it was a bold move on his part.
I had seen him perform in Altadena at Bob Stane’s club, Backstage At The Coffee Gallery and had written a review of Cliff’s show (see Datamusicata Search – Cliff Eberhardt) so I at least knew what I was getting into.
What’s amazing is the meld; how easily our styles fell together and how gratifying the process has been. Yesterday, after we had finished roughing out the basic guitar tracks on all eleven songs (the 12th is acapella), we went in and began doing tweaking, putting down rough vocals and rough harmonies, so that we can hear what our plans were and what we should do next.
We finished eight of the songs yesterday (May 13th) and will complete the other four today.
My plan is to then return to my Backstage At The Resurrection solo CD and work on that for the next week, by which time it should be finished. Then with fresh ears, I will return to All Wood and Doors and try to hear what is right and what is wrong with those recordings.
I will tweak them rhythmically to allow for the percussionist and bass player to be able to do the songs and not have to accommodate something strange in the time; by which I mean floating time, not time signatures, ritards, or any rallentando (free rhythm) sections.
After which, I will be asking all my friends to come and contribute to the recording. I already have a commitment from John Batdorf who will be doing some harmonies and some lead guitar.
Next, I’ll see if I can get some of the crew from All Wood and Stones, to wit: Laurence Juber, Paul Barrere, Timothy B Schmit, Peter Tork, and hopefully John Densmore to come and add some of their personal magic to the project.
We will be finished when we’re finished, but I have high hopes for early summer.