The first week of 2020 saw me travelling from London to Amsterdam, to record some songs with a singer I haven’t worked with since [unintelligible]. Ideally, before recording, I’d know the songs well—and maybe even gigged them for a while. Not so, this time. But I did have a couple of days to think about them.
On Wednesday, I laid down parts for four tracks which are being mixed this week. Here’s a clip of me recording one of those, with a riff heavily influenced by American saloon bar piano and/or Fleetwood Mac/Creedence Clearwater Revival.
And here’s a video of all the keyboards I used that day—including an actual Rhodes piano and a real Hammond organ!
On Thursday I took the day off, and walked round Amsterdam (not at all conspicuous—a guy wandering alone through the red-light district), and spent a couple of hours at the excellent Van Gogh Museum. (Warning: Tickets must be purchased online in advance.) This painting made me stop more than any other, painted during his stay in the asylum.
Then I had to make it back to France for a gig on Saturday—a private party and singalong. No photos of this, but it went really well, and gave me a few new songs to add to the set list for this year. I also came away with a new recipe for a cheese and curry tart (the secret is the mango chutney on pastry you have to blind bake first).