Went to Phlossy’s today to lay down some vocals on a song for a new (possible-we’ll-see) Pine Valley Cosmonauts record. It’s always such a blast working with them! And very satisfying musically ‘cuz it gives me the chance to drop the indie-folkie schtick and do something completely different, something I’m actually pretty good at. Western swing I mean, I just really dig that kind of singing. This new album is a WLS Barn Dance tribute, it’s the jazziest PVC record yet, and I am lovin’ it!!
The tune I sang on is an uptempo western swing handclapper… lotta words, and a super precise melody and harmony with some groovy dovetailing. I spent an hour or two last night learning the parts, and boy am I glad I did my homework there! Had to use my 8-track to learn it, ‘cuz it’s the kind of thing where the melody really can’t exist without the harmony and vice versa. Which means if we ever try to do this song live, I’m going to have to sweet-talk Kelly or Sally into helping me out on the bottom part, that’ll be even more fun. :-)