The new album is coming along. I recently posted a rough mix of “The Seven Yellow Gypsies” for all to hear.
On listening to some of the tracks I’ve recorded I’ve come to think that the act of performing live and the attention of the listeners adds a quality to a live performance that simply can’t be experienced when listening to a recording.
The listener’s attention fills the spaces in the performance that may be sonically minimal. Perhaps more important is the “now” of a live performance, an immediacy of experience that is unique to the event for all involved.
Dulcimers have no low end; the lowest note usually being the same as the D string on a guitar. This has never been a problem for me as it is simply the way things are; it is the nature of the instrument. However, after listening to 7 or 8 tracks of the new album I felt that adding a little aural color would be a good idea.
I’ve decided to add a few overdubs to several tunes. I will still focus on keeping the performances pretty much the way I do things live; I will only record pieces I can perform solo in front of people.