Monday, June 29, 2009

Bruces Kulick "BK3" Studio Blog

Bruces Kulick "BK3" Studio Blog
- Day 50: FINAL DAY! -

I am proud to say that this day 50 is actually my final blog for the recording of BK3. Of course there are times when tracks are being cleaned and consolidated for mixing, then the days of listening carefully to the mixes, but I really only covered the recording process for my long journey for my CD. I am sure you all know lots of other effort is put into the writing and arranging for the songs before I even get to the studio.

Song number 11 had a different title. I did most of the tracks a long time ago and it was called "What Did I Say". That version of the song was an uplifting track, even though I thought it was not really right. The melody and lyrics not great yet. The best thing this song always had for me was the thematic guitar lines that are such a part of what I like for my music. Jeremy was always hoping we could finish the song, and because of me already offering 3 of the songs from BK3 with my Australian Limited Edition EP, it was only fair for me to agree to get an 11th song done. What made it hard, was we were very used to what we had before. And that meant let's bring in some help.

A good friend of Jeremy's Dan Lavery who is a great songwriter and bass player (The Fray, Tonic) liked the track and took a stab at getting a fresh approach to the tracks we so carefully laid out. Once I heard the results of his labor it was clear I would have song 11 completed. We did have to edit some of the arrangement as Dan suggested a chord change in the verse, but with the magic of the studio not a hard thing to do. Some new acoustic guitar overdubs plus a redo of the bass guitar was all we needed. We also made the bridge of the song, a pre solo to my big solo.

So we came up with some cool harmony guitar lines, that was done at one in the morning that late night, with my PRS McCarty in silver through my Orange Tiny Terror and Marshall cabinet. The bass was my Fender P Bass from 1966 and I let Jeremy do the honors as he has been practicing quite a bit of bass playing lately. We also plugged in his new Line 6 bass amp that sounded very cool with that vintage Precision. I used my Gibson Elvis Dove and a Martin D-18 from 1970 for the acoustic parts, and all the other performances on the track were left intact. Just some arrangement edits and we had a fresh extremely catchy new version of the song. I am not sure about the title yet, but it has to do with what my life is like, always leaving on the road... "getting on the carousel again" to say it poetically.

Singing ANY song is a challenge for me, but a brand new one is harder! Jeremy helped along as always, but then Cliff Calabro came over for the backgrounds, and he jumped in guiding me with the phrasing as well. That team effort made me shine and a big thank you for their help. So the only thing left to do for the CD is approving the mix for this song, as two other titles for the disc have been mixed this week already.

As crazy as my schedule is for getting the music work done, I wouldn't trade my life... no way. You can all figure that I come home from a road trip and the next day, or even the day I arrive back, I am in the studio to record my music. Getting it all coordinated with schedules is a job in itself. What else is left? Well mastering the other 8 songs, (the 3 on the EP are mastered) and sequencing them all is one project. Of course the final artwork is another project to make happen. First a photo shoot with Neil Zlozower and then the artwork, in that order please! And then it will be time to manufacture and promote this CD.

BK3 is something I am extremely proud of. I know you all will have your own favorite tracks, but for me I love them all and of course it was a pleasure to have so many "special guests" appear like Gene Simmons and his son Nick, Steve Lukather, Doug Fieger, John Corabi, Eric Singer, Tobias Sammet, Jimmy Haslip and Kenny Aronoff. All seasoned pros... that made this CD very special. The list would go on and on, and of course I will have my credits for this CD for everyone to see, but I know it never would have been done if not for the very strong belief from my producer Jeremy in what I could accomplish if I worked hard enough for it. His diligence got the best out of me, and for that I am grateful.

More news once I get the other "projects" regarding the CD completed. Thank you all for your support!

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