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One of the most fun (and nerve wracking) parts of making this new record was bringing in friends to my little world to add their respective talents. Christine Bougie, Brett Higgins, Dean Drouillard, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Robbie Grunwald, all of them are not only amazing musicians and humans, but artists with their own sounds and specific way of playing that I felt really complemented the songs they were on. Not to sound super hippy about it, but is was less about the instrument they played and more about having their “voices” as musicians on the tunes. Make any sense?
Point is, sometimes I make things and right away hear the voice or instrument of a specific person. I’ve been working on a couple ideas the past 2 days and immediately started heard my long time and good friend Valery Gore. She’s a bit of a double threat if you haven’t heard of her, deadly on the piano and sings with a voice that carries some serious depth that belies her age. We’ve tried to do things a couple times but timing has never worked until now, and I think we’re mentally and musically ready. Here’s a quick sample of what one of the instrumental tracks sound like so far.