Finally the calendar rolled around to our "Morning Air" recording session date: November 3, 2010.
I had emailed James the chart. The chart was very simple because for this particular song, the piano is the lead instrument and plays the main melody. James would improvise a guitar solo. He only needed the structure of the song and the chords, not individual notes.
When you're working with pro musicians, you don't need separate rehearsal time, as you would expect with amateurs. In fact, I had never visited the recording studio until the session, although I knew people who had recorded there (including James), and had worked with Jay Kenney, the owner and engineer, before. Jay is great to work with, and I love his place. The studio features a nice Yamaha C3 grand piano and a drum kit.
At the session, James and I recorded the basic track, with James playing bass guitar.
It took about an hour for us to find the right groove and get a good take. Then James overdubbed lead and rhythm guitar.
We spent a couple more hours on that, and finally Jay mixed it together.
I'm really happy with the result. James did an outstanding job.