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Whatcha Gonna Do?
What happens when the sad part or a struggle in our life is over and sunlight starts streaming in? How do you switch gears? What are you going to do when everything o.k.? It’s easy to get used to things being bad and going wrong and in a way that feeling can become a habit and perpetuate that experience. We can get used to things going good or right too! We can get into that stream.
Who U R This song came out of a real knowing that if we all can be our true, full Selves, then the world will be a better place. Everyone is special. Everyone is an individual. Everyone is unique. It’s a wonder we can communicate with each other at all but we do. Our diversity is our strength. Everyone is a shining star. It’s Who U R.
We just received the test prints from the record manufacturing plant, RTI. They sound super fantastic! Very excited for you to hear and more importantly feel this music! I am so grateful that the feeling I put into the music is reflected back so well in these recordings. Finally!
180 gram vinyl and CDs will be released April 2020 on Record Store Day!
Dream Analog was recorded analog, mixed analog and mastered analog. AAA. Anyone that has spent any time at all immersed in listening to records (that were recorded before digital recording practices) knows the difference. With Analog Recording you’ll find there is more feeling in the music!
Enjoy the process of getting your own gifts materialized into the world. 2020 should prove to show us all more clearly what our gifts are and how we can expand them…time is now. Never forget that you are an amazing being. You are an original.
—As luck would have it we found a time machine and over the next year created an Analog Recording Studio in our home. All my previous albums were recorded digitally.When I finally heard my voice played back on tape for the first time, I got tears in my eyes. It was significantly better. I had never heard my voice recorded in a way that could reflect it back so thoroughly. Until then I didn’t know what was missing in the sound. I knew I was on the right track.
Recorded Analog + Mixed Analog + Mastered Analog for 180 Gram Vinyl
Analog recording allows the messages in the songs to be more completely and clearly delivered. It has natural harmonic overtones and a warm tonal resonance. This resonance is missing in digital recordings as the recording process is to take samples and string them together. The space in-between the samples is missing. This creates square waves instead of sine waves leaving out dimensions you might want to feel and know about.
Over the next two years we carefully recorded these beautiful songs to analog tape.
The final lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums were recorded live on a 1″ 16 track tape machine using tube and solid state gear. As we recorded live we were able to deeply connect as we played and magic happened. We later added overdubs of keyboard, horns, percussion, and background vocals.
This album is recorded at A=432 Hz tuning instead of the “standard” A=440 Hz. 432 Hz tuning is known as Pythagorean tuning. It is based on perfect 5th ratios. This tuning is in harmony with Nature. To me it feels better.
In September 2019 we headed to Northern California to mix at Laughing Tiger Studio. The following month, mastering legend Bernie Grundman completed the process by adding his mystical final touches.
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Teri Hitt – vocals, acoustic guitar June Kato – bass James Whelan – hammond, piano, rhodes Brian David Hardin – drums, percussion, cloud sounds Rebecca Stout – background vocals James – background vocals + Mike Cordone and Jesse McGinty – horns, sax, flute • Matt Crocco – additional piano ** Paula Montondo – additional drums on Whatcha Gonna Do?
1 It’s Coming On 2:23
2 Go Ahead and Shine 2:57
3 In The Center 4:12
4 Song of the Satellite+ 2:56
5 Whatcha Gonna Do?** 3:06
6 The Long Road+ 3:06
1 Who U R 3:11
2 Nothing To Break That Fall+• 2:46
3 Something New Can Grow 3:36
4 Real Clouds 2:44
5 Sunny Side of the Road 3:50
6 Keep it Together+ 3:23
7 Mother Earth 2:39
Session with Bernie Grundman —
mastering Dream Analog for vinyl.
What a thrill to sit and watch the magician do his work. I had never seen the mastering process before and was it an education! Bernie Grundman is an innovative, mastering legend. He added the final touch and that extra sparkle to many of the albums I cherished growing up. It was a true honor to have him care for our music and usher it through the mastering process for vinyl. If you don’t know who he is — check out this list of albums that he’s been involved in.
“Sound does matter” was proven further as I listened to Bernie talk about the power of analog sound. Of course I could not agree more! Much of what I intuited about sound, and why I decided to record all analog, was proven and reflected back to me by him.
Most of the equipment is custom designed to enhance the depth of sound and the listening experience.
To me there is more presence in analog recordings despite any downsides there might appear to be. It’s more holistic to my ears. There’s a lot to SOUND. I don’t think sampling the sound is as good as the whole enchilada. I’m just sayin.
You don’t get what’s referred to as listener fatigue from analog recordings. George Martin, producer for the Beatles, spoke about that in an interview where he said that he could not listen to a CD for very long. Digital recordings can cause Listener Fatigue. Maybe it’s because the in-between sounds are not recorded. A sample is never as good as the original. Again, just sayin!
In the mastering studio in Hollywood, we sat at a console facing a wall of speakers. You can’t see the speakers, it just looks like a wall. It was kind of like going to see the wizard of oz, but in this case… a real wizard.
Dream Analog on vinyl April 18, 2020. Recorded, Mixed, Mastered = ALL ANALOG
* Dream Analog will be available on 180g Vinyl, CDs, and as downloads.
We had a great time mixing at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, CA just North of San Francisco.
Producer, Brian D. Hardin, was in his element mixing on a SSL console. It was great to experience it. The resulting sound, to me, is so much more alive than anything created in the box (computer). The sonic messages come through loud and clear.
On our way there we went to the Sequoias to hug some trees and feel their quiet strength. The simple beauty of nature engulfs you and gently reminds you that there is so so much more to life than striving for this or that. Reality is more than meets the eye. We must FEEL to access the higher realms.
The biggest Sequoia there is named General Sherman but we agreed to call it Mother Tree instead. While there we shot video for one of the songs on the album, Mother Earth.
We also shot video for another song, In The Center, at a river there. The river was a powerful presence that flowed all around me as I stood on some rocks. There were tons of dragonflies about. The sound of rushing water is good for the soul. I was happy I did not fall in! Ha ha ha 🙂
The album was recorded analog and now is mixed analog. Soon to be mastered for vinyl (and CDs and maybe cassettes. Ya I said cassettes people!…. ha ha ha). Dream Analog will be released April 2020.
My hope is that it will feed you and inspire you to connect within and grow, to create and share your special gifts with the world. We need you. Blessings to you all.
Sequoias photos by Brian D. Hardin. Studio shot by Erin Tadena.
Wewh! After 3 years of work, we are nearing the end of the recording part of creating the album, Dream Analog.
This week we record background vocals and horns and then off to Northern California to mix in a real cool studio called Laughing Tiger. Brian (producer) will be rolling up his sleeves and mixing old school in a great studio set up specifically for mixing analog. We will be creating real vinyl records, CDs and cassettes from these recordings.
Thanks for all the support we have received and encouragement to record analog. It is a great sound. So much more organic information is accessed via the analog process!
Here’s some recent photos taken while recording the last couple songs with June Kato, Jim Whelan and Brian D. Hardin. Guest drummer, Paula Montondo, played drums on a new one just added to the album, Whatcha Gonna Do.
Grace Gravity on “In A Dream with Mystic Pete” on KXLU RADIO 88.9 FM May 12, 2019 with some artists from the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest Crew including Rebecca Stout, Paula Montondo, Mollie White and Under The Sky.