I had a wonderful recording session a couple of days ago in my producer’s new studio in Beijing. We have been waiting to record a new song entitled, ‘My Adored One’ which is a spiritual love song. It is prayerful and full of feeling and emotion! One of the main instruments is the acoustic guitar which is one of my favorite instruments to add to my compositions. It brings a Spanish element to the piece which I love and is performed by Eric Harper, a hugely talented guitarist!
One of the challenges when recording is being able to let go completely and be comfortable in one’s surroundings so that the vocals come out smoothly and naturally. When a musician thinks too much about the technique of the vocals and perfection, it can become a hindrance and takes away from allowing the performer to truly let go. I find that my best recordings happen when I am by myself as I am able to let go more easily especially when the piece is newly composed and there is a fresh spirit and lots of excitement which is hard to reproduce. I am learning to let go of the barriers that I have created for myself and recently recording with my patient and encouraging producer allowed me to feel the song completely and let go of the perfection and high standards I have set for myself. Once I was able to do that, the vocals and emotion flowed. It was a blissful experience and I look forward to recording more vocals very soon!
Below are photos of my producer’s new studio in Beijing. It is a beautiful and large space and has a wonderful feel about it. It’s any artists dream to be able to record there!