(5 min. at the most, maybe?)
A few years ago, about this same time of year, I buckled down to finish the record. I booked time at a studio in Portland to mix some of the songs that were already done being recorded. After spending the Winter Holiday with family in Seattle, we dropped down to Portland and I prepared to go into the mixing chairs with a trusted collaborator the next morning.
The morning came and I woke early, excited… I was puttering around the kitchen of the friend’s house where we crashed. I was making some tea and oh hey look, some cookies sitting here, well eating a cookie with my morning tea sounds nice.
A while later I’m tidying up and notice that the podcast I’m listening to is starting to sound ‘funny’. Not like ‘hilarious’ but like strange and I’m having trouble processing all the words. And my face is starting to get very warm.
I went into the kitchen where my host was starting breakfast preparations.
“Yo I don’t feel so good. Are you feeling okay?”
“Yeah, fine, why?”
(I noticed the cookies sitting on the counter. My mind flashed back to the night before when my host had said “Watch out for these (cannabis cookies) they are incredibly potent we made them extra strong for the Holiday season.” I gave some sort of mild response to the effect of “Oh thanks but I don’t use cannabis.” An exchange that I had completely FORGOTTEN ABOUT after a night of sleep.)
“Oh no.” I’m staring at the cookies.
My host sees what I’m looking at.
He knows I don’t take cannabis.
“Oh my god, the cookies… Did you eat some?”
“A WHOLE ONE?”
“Oh shit, dude, I’m sorry.”
“Oh my god I forgot, I was just making tea and I saw a cookie and I didn’t even think… oh no…”
Well by the end of breakfast, I could no longer form sentences. There would be not much action going on for me that day, to say nothing of making life-altering decisions about how to present some of the most important, in my opinion, music I will ever make in my life. I immediately canceled my studio time, forfeiting that money and letting the engineer have a good natured laugh at me, and deservedly so.
What a day.
At one point I was considering asking to go to the hospital, but then I realized that I was just really high and instead we turned on classical radio and I discovered Franz Schubert’s 2nd Symphony. A piece that is generally not that highly regarded in the classical world, but to me now is clearly ONE OF THE GREATEST PIECES OF MUSIC EVER INVENTED and at the time was obviously the voice of any and all possible positive sources in the universe being filtered to me through this NPR station in Portland, Oregon.
At some point I had to retire to a cozy basement den for blankets, lots of water and movies. There wasn’t much else I was capable of doing. I watched His Girl Friday (finally!) and one of the Indiana Jones, and probably something else. It’s a little blurry.
Around 5pm I could start to feel my face and form sentence fragments again, so I was able to get it together to eat and converse with my fellow humans again. It was a good 8 hours or so of a kind of incapacity. Good to laugh about it now.
After the fog cleared, I was a bit despondent. I had lost a whole day in the studio, and I was too embarrassed to pick up the thread at that moment and get back to it. I went back to Boise with my tail between my legs and having made ZERO progress on the album, which was already 3 or 4 years in the making at that point.
The point of the story is not:
– don’t use cannabis
– don’t eat strange cookies.
(well maybe that might be a good idea).
The point is to show just one of the setbacks that delayed this album, how bizarre the circumstances have occasionally been… how at different points I got knocked off track, by myself, and by randomness moving in the universe.
And most importantly, how so very excited I am to have shaken off these occurrences and to be bringing you this collection of songs.
Thanks for reading.
And thank you for your support.
PS – Check out Schubert #2 and get at me. Let’s talk about how this Symphony can align the planets and create universal harmony haha…