If you grew up in the 80’s then you most likely saw Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth”. This project was a tribute to that magical film.
On Saturday, May 7th 48 students traveled to Nashville, TN to record 8 songs at Starstruck Studios, a world class recording studio owned by Reba McEntire (Some of you may know her as a country music legend, to others amongst us, she will always be Burt Gumer’s wife, owner of ‘the wrong gull-dern rec room!’).
This was our longest recording session to date…running from 8 am to 3 am. The students recorded “Magic Dance” from 7 pm to 9 pm. The song during the credit sequence is a piano arrangement of “As The World Falls Down” by David Bowie.
This recording session was definitely a complex production and would never have been possible without all those who gave their time and dedication to the project:
Thanks to Dan Willard, who transcribed the song and provided us with the sheet music for the horns and keyboards. His transcription is incredibly accurate and without his efforts we never could have learned the song. If you ever need perfect transcriptions, be sure to check out www.danwillardmusic.com
To Clemens Schleiwies, for mixing and mastering the song. Clemens transferred the song to analog tape and then mixed it on his vintage Helios console which is from Hansa, a top notch studio in Berlin. This same console was used to record David Bowie’s albums “Heroes” and “Low” and the console is even signed by David Bowie! For top notch mixes and absolute professionalism DEFINITELY check out Clemens’ services: www.analogmix.com
Big ‘thank-you-sir!’ to Mr. Sam Parsons, for learning the bass line to the song entirely by ear and performing it on a 6 string bass.
And to the jam-tastic Joe Hubbell, the lead guitarist, who also learned his part by ear.
Brian Anderson, Josh Cole and Morgan Asher…what can I say, these guys worked 24 hours straight and took care of business. They made the trip enjoyable and successful. Guys, I owe you one!
Kristin Agee for arranging the percussion part and lending us her instruments as well as skill : www.kristinagee.com
Tom and Nick Inglin for their fantastic photos which were used in the credit sequence of the video.
Todd Tidwell and Aaron Kasdorf, the engineers who kept the session relaxed and productive despite the long hours. The students can’t wait to work with them again. Thank you for your professionalism gentlemen!
Debbie Hogan and Nathan Shrum, for lending us the hand chimes.
And of course to all the parents for making this trip possible. My students are very lucky to have parents who are so supportive of them and their aspirations.