March was a busy month for us, and it looks as if the upcoming work will keep us busy for some time to come.

Mike Berg, from Dubuque, decided to give his daughter a special wedding memory. His idea was to sing the songs for first dance and father's dance himself. The resulting recording has personal appeal that you couldn't get any other way.

Mike Berg, from Dubuque, decided to give his daughter a special wedding memory. His idea was to sing the songs for first dance and father’s dance himself. The resulting recording has personal appeal that you couldn’t get any other way.

First, a recap.  In March, we had a nice session with Mike Berg, from Dubuque.  He recorded a pair of songs that will be used at his daughter’s wedding this spring.  I gave a studio tour to Tre Critelli, from Des Moines, who is planning to do a CD of his own works in the near future.   I got a commitment from the Amen Choir to do their 12 song CD project here, and their first session was March 23.  That day’s work yielded a scratch track that will be used as the framework for overdubs in future sessions.

My pet project, namely getting a nice studio recording of the student-directed musical Tick Tick BOOM! is underway!  The backing tracks have been done for months; in fact they have been used for festivals where the troupe performed their show.  But now we’re getting the singers into the studio, thanks to Brandon Douglas, who is organizing things on the student’s end.  Now it’s a race against time.  Which will come first… the successful completion of the recordings or graduation?  We’ll see.

Brandon Douglas relaxing between takes

Brandon Douglas relaxing between takes

The Amen Choir will be taking a big chunk of studio time for the next 2 months, but we still have time for other projects.  Scott Myer, former Mt. Vernon resident, Euphonic guitar student, and now grad student at the U of I, will bring his band in for a 9 song demo CD with the first session booked for April 18th.  I’m looking forward to Scott’s project.  He is a gifted singer, and has one recording on the euphonic.us website that needs to be brought over here.

The teaching studio is running at capacity.  My plan for the summer is to keep the same teaching schedule that I have now.  Most of my students are adults now so it makes sense to leave things as they are.

That’s it for now; more updates as they become available.