On Saturday I started working on Silence: No More Longing (link leads to a LIVE recording). I identified 5 sections. The piece starts with section A, which flows without a strong rhythm. When that ends with the Bm chord and the hammer-ons, a 4/4 section B starts. I will play section B to a click track in order to make it feel more solid, like a plateau or mesa, and because I want Jon to play a bass melody over it. No percussion. Section C follows, which is mostly a repeat of section A but with some additional lines and rasguados. The last sections will be played to a click again. Section D is in 4/4 and will again have Jon playing a bass melody over the guitar tremolos. Section E will be the beginning of the percussion. It starts out in 6/8, then moves into 12/8 (Bulerias) and returns to 6/8. The section ends with the Bm chord and the hammer-ons and is followed by the last chord, an Emaj9, which is played out of time/rhythm.
I played the piece quite well, but discovered that I did not have enough gain on the mic and started over with a new setting on the mic-preamp. I finished recording section A and stopped after that because something was wrong with the index nail of my right hand. Spent some more time in the studio figuring out the tempi for a new Bulerias – we started playing the beginning of it as a new intro for Duende del Amor on this last tour.
Boris mentioned that Germans don’t use credit cards very much – they don’t know what they are missing – and indeed in Europe the LL has sold tracks to folks in England, Switzerland and Italy, but not one person in Germany. It is truly satisfying that people in India, Australia, Czechoslovakia, the Philippines, Mexico, Ecuador, and of course Canada have downloaded music. I know in my heart that this is the way I want to be delivering my music. It may take a few years to establish our LL, and that’s OK because I am in it for he long haul. I am confident that Up Close, the album I am currently working on, will be my best music ever. I don’t feel I have come close to the zenith of my creativity. Now, accessability and popularity may not coincide with what I might feel to be my best work, but those are elements I don’t have control over. What I do control are my guitar playing, my compositions/productions and the delivery of my music via the ListeningLounge – everything else is more or less out of my control and therefore not to be overly concerned about.
Sometimes it feels strange to devide thoughts between this Diary and my Journal for Integral Naked. Eventually I should find a way to add all of those I-N posts to this Diary.
I heard that Santa Fe is the number one travel destination in the world this year.
Last thought for this morning: I haven’t set foot in a mall, except for when we are on tour, in years. I prefer ordering online to dealing with incapable sales people who have no information to offer and who often don’t even know where what I want is to be found. Assuming that there are many people who do same, I wonder what will happen to malls across America. How will they change? Will some morph by adding residential living spaces?