So, I’m sitting in my apartment with my dog and cat next to me. We all have our designated spots on the couch, and I usually have to be between Topsy and Little Bit, or else someone gets mad and leaves.
Anyway, I just wanted to provide a little update on the gospel album I mentioned in my first blog post. I finally have the ten songs picked out, and I’ve already started working on the arrangements and will record soon! I live next to a small airport, so I can’t record during the day most of the time, or you all would hear propellors in the background, but I’m making more progress than I expected to at this point, and I’m happy about that.
This album and the songs in it mean a lot to me. I have an index of over 3,500 hymns that are public domain, and I narrowed it down to nine songs. Now, that was easier than it initially sounds because I didn’t know A LOT of those songs, but it was still difficult to cull it down. All of them should be familiar to you if you’ve been in church a few times. The tenth song is one that I wrote and have played publicly before (but you’ll have to wait to find out!).
One thing about this album that I’m doing differently is I am recording it live from my personal home studio. This means that I will have to do each and every song over until I’m satisfied with it. I’ve been singing in church for nearly my entire life, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you’re singing with your friends and family. The songs are passed down from generation to generation, and the Spirit and feeling of fellowship emanates throughout every one of them. When I record these, I want to try and replicate that as much as possible. This will probably mean more takes, but I’m doing all of this in a room in my apartment, and there’s not much else to do right now, right!
If you’re still curious about what it’s going to sound like, here’s a rough version of a song that I ended up not putting on this album, but it’s still a great song! It’s just me and my acoustic guitar, playing the songs a lot of us grew up on.
My Mother's Bible - Lain Tomlinson
I hope you’re as excited about this album as I am! When I do finish it up, it will be available for purchase on all the online platforms, and you will be able to stream it on most of the popular streaming apps. I will also make some CDs for those of you who don’t use any of the aforementioned options. Make sure you keep up with Facebook and the website so you know when it comes out!