In the morning, we started to receive the rough mixes of our guitar tracks and scratch vocals. We wanted copies so we can be as prepared as possible for Monday. As we listen to each track, we'll be able to imagine the bass, percussion, keyboard and strings layering themselves around the guitar. We've been collecting different production and arrangement ideas over the past few months, but when you start to actually record, it's like seeing the whole thing in colour.
I spent the afternoon with one of my favourite people, Teri Reid. I got to know Teri when I was with the Stamps-Baxter School of Music. She's an amazingly talented musician and vocalist, and we were honoured to have her play piano for Hymns in the Key of Grace. Her husband, Shannon Fontaine, took our gorgeous photos for the CD cover. It's been far too long since we've had a visit, and we spent hours catching up. Teri and Shannon have just opened an art gallery in the very cool 12th South area, so it was great to see their new project in person.
I've been trying to eat as much Southern food as possible on this trip, indulging in local treasures that just can't be replicated north of the border. Today's offering: shrimp and grits. Fab-u-lous!!!
Nashville has been a rush of memories for me. Our last visit, 2 years ago, was so short that we barely saw anyone. Facebook is a blessing for keeping up with people and seeing snapshots of their lives...
But nothing beats sitting face to face,
enjoying platters of local delicacies,
and laughing too loud to be considered polite...