Today we are recording Carl’s drums. We are dancing in the control room when we are listening to the song after he is done. This sounds unlike any music I have heard. I can recognize bits and pieces from many styles and traditions of music and it is undeniably my guitar work, but it is new. This brew is new.
As we get older the mixture in our heads and hearts gets more and more interesting. More years of experience, more of life lived, more taken in through ears and eyes and skin….WE ourselves ARE a work in progress!
Why do I have to struggle with a new sound for every record? Why don’t I just take Nouveau Flamenco as the blueprint and use that instrumentation every time? Because that record 8 years ago was the beginning of a journey for me, not the end. It seems funny to me that now there are people, musicians as well as listeners, who insist that a Nouveau Flamenco-style recording has to sound a certain way and has to use a certain instrumentation. In these last 8 years Nouveau Flamenco has become a new straight-jacket. Well, Nouveau Flamenco is my jacket and it will change and permutate a little with every CD.
Yesterday I had my usual doubts – but today I think this latest mutation is wonderful, and this new CD will be our best work yet.