In the Studio: Music and Movie Dubs

I’m back in the studio now, writing new music- for others, and dubbing voices for my first Indian film- Kiss!

I’m back to writing and recording in the studio now- for others. The current project has me writing songs entirely out of character, which is kind of fun. I’m writing the songs in a different genre as well; alt-country. So it feels a bit like acting, each song is a small play with its own storyline and characters. Tribute songs- very human. To sum up a life, a legend in one song. Can’t say more now, but I’ll be in this mindset of other people’s live for a while, until it’s all finished, sometime in October.

Amped

Speaking of acting, er movies, I got my very first voice dubbing opportunity this summer for an Indian film and it’s just out! Wheeee!  It’s a hip little number, a romantic comedy called Kiss, with actors Adivi Sesh and Priya Banerjee.  It just hit the theaters here in SF area, though I think it was released in India in July.  Sesh, also the director, filmed parts of it here in San Francisco. It opened this week in San Jose. Check it out!

Musical Magic~ Passion

When I write new music- & I mean getting busy by stopping the world to write a dozen new songs- it is both exhilarating & exhausting.  I love to be in this space because I just can’t soak up enough around me- and it seems like everything suddenly shows up to get folded in somehow! (Synchronicity?)

Is it random chance, really?  Like when I’m stuck on a torch tune and take a break to go visit my favorite record shop that just happens to have a perfect live rare Sarah Vaughan recording w/ songs very similar…, or going to see another musician who just happens to play a traditional tune on ukulele in just the way I’ve been practicing mine…

Or how my new producer picks a band to interpret my songs- a band who just happens to be the most amazing group of incredible (kind!) musicians.  I mean a hot band; phenomenal pros, who had a crazy knack for interpreting my music so beautifully fresh & right on.  My music is inspired by a lot in the Americana realm. Americana being American roots music- a big frontier that includes folk, country, rock, blues, & jazz.  This is one beautiful thing about our collective American musical legacy; our musical history RULE S with original genres that the world seems keen to copy-  blues & jazz, Texas rock ‘n country, Appalachian, folk, gospel, even Tex-Mex- are purely American; Musical traditions born on American soil.   My tunes for the last album were influenced by Americana & Tex-Mex.  This CD taps early jazz,  blues & torch traditions.

So I finished 9 songs in Texas this/last month so far- recording first the demos here, & then meeting up in a Texas studio w/ new people – the Charles Hearn Quintet, plus me & my guitar player Az.  Four of the songs I wrote or arranged anew- just for this group of musicians- to take advantage of their chemistry & skillz.  I wrote a 1930’s styled swing, and 2 jazz ballads for this recording session.

And how the magic happened!  These sessions for this torch ‘n jazzy blues project were some of the most magical musical experiences I’ve had in practice & in studio.  It was pure joy- much laughter, talking, playing, and taking the tunes where i’d never heard or experienced them before.

Lots of  unexplainable moments where we just clicked into a groove;  all the right elements in the mix.  I actually got a little sad sitting in the airport to leave South Texas! It was as if we had just had time to warm up & then I had to go home! too soon!!

This is the ultimate passion to me; to be consumed by the thing you love- whether for a moment or a spell, and getting to share it! Engaging in something to the point that you melt into it- empty out- only to be filled up again by something far bigger than yourself , whether it be art, love, physical &/or mental creative exertion…  Passion; to be alive, in the richest, fullest, possible way.

I’ve had a blast writing new torch & jazz songs.  And what a luxury to work with musicians who make me & my songs better; so much more than I/they could ever be alone.  And singing.  I love to sing on mine & others projects.