Category Archives: Recording A New Album

Nashville Time Is So Sweet

Saturday December 10th 2016

Got up late today again. 8:20am. Damn. I talked with Thoth for a while before heading upstairs to act and listen to music. Mom got up around 11, thinking she needed to be at her sister’s house in an hour to go to a party. Thoth made breakfast for us and mom found out the party wasn’t until 2. She went back to her room, as did I, and continued acting and enjoying myself. Ahhh.

Mom left for her party at 2. I thought she wouldn’t be back until 8pm, so when I heard someone downstairs around 4 I thought it was Will. (I spend all day in my room these days. I’m completely satisfied.) Will would be picking us up to go to dad’s birthday party at The Boathouse in Franklin tonight. It was mom. Turns out her party is tomorrow. Will arrived around 5:15 and sat talking with Mom and us for a little before we had to go. I wore mom’s black thigh high boots, my grey knickers, a black tube top and my straw brimmed hat.

It was freezing! We have great conversations with Will on the drive. Thoth loves him, as I do. We have fun, the three of us. Dinner was fun. I was glad to have Will there. Dad showed his two friends who’d come a video of “Gypsy Dance”. Their faces were interesting to watch as they watched it. I’ve heard/seen that video too many times over the last 6 years. We need a new music video. Will talked about my ability as a teenager to point out all these nuances in classical and opera music I loved that even he didn’t hear. Dad relayed the story of how Thoth and I met to his friends. It was interesting to listen to. He’s very proud of me. He’s encouraging us to write words for our music. I don’t know if we will, but it is something new to explore. I had Will, Thoth and Dad try my hat on. They all looked cute. I love those guys.

Will drove us home and we continued discussing all things deep and spiritual. It’s so good to see Thoth and Will together. I love both of them so much. It’s so good to see how much my father has accepted Thoth. “My little boy.” he says. Thoth is only 6 years younger than him. 🙂 It makes me very happy. Will and us sat in the car in the driveway of mom’s house and talked for a little longer. They are so similar, Thoth and Will. I went back to my room to edit the vlog and listen to music until midnight.

Friday December 9th 2016

I got up early so I could spent time in my room before going to the studio at 11am. We could use mom’s car today. We sang along to a track a fan of ours had wanted us to sing on. Her name is Miriam. She’s an Australian from NYC and is a big fan of ours. Pretty cool. She was recording in the studio last week. My dad had been talking about me to her and she said “You mean Tribal Baroque? Your daughter is Lila Angelique?” Pretty amazing. It’s a small world.

Once that was finished, I sang on a track we’d done for our new album. Listened and made a few little changes, then we could go home. Dad did his scary walk as we drove out of the driveway. He used to do that all the time when we were kids! We had breakfast together and I went back upstairs to my room. Mom made dinner for us. I cleaned up and went back up to my room… At 11 I came downstairs to hug Thoth. I was feeling a little sad. Thoth brought me to the couch where we snuggled sleepily together. What we do, prayformance, is really important for us. It gets hard when we’re not doing it, even just for a month. Thoth has a harder time than me sometimes. We went to the kitchen for a midnight snack and got in bed.

4th Day Recording Our New Album

Thursday December 8th 2016

I woke up “late” today. 8:15. I was annoyed. Less time to enjoy the day. I had been tired last night at 11pm and instead just lay on the floor of my bedroom listening to music, falling asleep. The days are flying by too fast! We’ve almost been here 10 days. I don’t want it to end. (I don’t say that often.) I’m now keeping a personal journal in addition to this public blog. It’s so nice for me. I feel like my old self.

Thoth and I had breakfast and headed to the studio at 1pm by Uber. We did some up tempo pieces in major keys (one which was particularity beautiful) and I did a piano piece. We both felt better today than yesterday, even though Thoth probably slept one hour last night. Poor baby. He was worrying about stuff. He’s actually doing really well for the fact we’re not prayforming this whole month. In the past, he usually got super depressed and sad.

After recording, we sat with dad for an hour to clean up the endings of all the songs we’ve made. Dad said it’s fun and different to record like this, more freely and spontaneously. We’re not having to be on a budget and a schedule so we can do whatever we want to do. Lucky us. I’ve always lived above my dad’s recording studios since I was a baby, so it was easy to take it for granted when I was younger. Not anymore! I’m so grateful. How lucky could we be? Come home and take all December off. Eat what we want, have time to ourselves and record a new album? I mean, wow.

We’ll come to the studio again tomorrow to do two more things and then dad will burn us roughs of the album to listen to over the next few days. We’ll decided what needs to be kept and worked on and then go back and fix stuff next week sometime. It was dark when we had to call an Uber to go home. The first one couldn’t find us, so dad drove us to the end of his driveway in his tiny sports car. That time the car found us. We had soup Thoth made for dinner with mommie and I went back up to my room until midnight. Got to bed on time tonight.

3rd Day Recording Our New Album

Wednesday December 7th 2016

Up at 8. Acted in my room, listened to music and wrote in my journal. Nice. Since the blender was broken, Thoth made not-as-nice smoothies with the stick blender. We sat together and ate breakfast at noon. He touched me sweetly. He loves me so much. He’s much more affectionate these days than he was years ago. He really loves me. Mom got up and we got ready to go to the recording studio. I called an Uber after Thoth got out of the shower.

Got to Dad’s at 1. I talked to him for 45 minutes before getting started. Uncle Barry, dad’s brother, came to help fix his internet and say hello. Haven’t seen him in 10 years! Dad’s having a birthday dinner on Saturday. He said I can invite Will. He’ll come pick us up. Mom has a party to go to that day too. We had trouble recording today. We were both out of it and tired. Couldn’t really pull ourselves together. We got 4 or 5 more pieces recorded though. Don’t know why we were so tired. We packed it in around 4pm and took an Uber home. We’ll record one more day tomorrow and then dad will make us copies of the album to listen to over the next few days. That way we can see what more will be needed, if anything. We already have over 20 pieces recorded. Who knows if we’ll like all of them or not!

Mom had gotten bbq for dinner. I acted and listened to music in my room for an hour or so before I was called downstairs. It was delicious. Haven’t had bbq in a very long time. Cleaned the dishes and went back up to my room until 1am.

1st Recording Session for our New Album!

Monday December 5th 2016

8am wake up. Acted, listened to music and wrote in my new journal in my room until noon. Thoth made us breakfast and we got ready to go to Dad’s studio to begin recording our new album. We got there a little before 2. Dad took some time getting the mics set up as we got warmed up and ready to sing and play violin. We did a little quick piece so he could test the sound levels. “Every year you get better and better at playing violin.” Dad said. We did a drone improv to warm up, then I played an ostinato improv and later sang over it. That’s the great thing about recording in the studio. We don’t have to instantly sing over what we play. We can do anything we want and add more singing or violin afterwards. We then did a looping vocal piece, which was more tiring than I thought it would be. We finished at 5pm and went back to moms house. We left our things at the studio for tomorrows recording session. We went home and ate dinner with mom then I went back up into my room until midnight dancing, acting and writing. Creative, relaxing times we’re having!

I feel so blessed to be home again, and to feel safe and secure for this whole month. I don’t want it to end. We are so lucky to have mom’s beautiful, homey house to live in, whatever food to eat we want and dad’s beautiful studio to record in. We are being spoiled so much! I could get used to this. The plan is to come back every December, at least. Maybe even twice a year. It’s so nice to be able to completely relax and have no responsibilities. I see now how lucky I was and am to have the parents I have. My dad worked so hard to make his home what it is and to build that beautiful studio. And I thought his studio was amazing when it was in the basement of mom’s house. And mom’s home is so wonderful and sweet to stay in. So many rooms to go into and have privacy, and no one to bother me. I can do downstairs and spend time with mom or Thoth and eat food. I can use the shower and bathroom whenever I need (there are 4.) I am always doing something creative, just the same as when I lived here when I was 19. I lived in this house for 14 years! I took it for granted. Now I don’t. Not anymore. Being out in the world has shown me how lucky I am. I have nothing to worry about. Nor does Thoth. I’m so happy I can give him this. A place to record all our albums. A safe home to stay in. A supportive mother and father-in-law. His mother would never do what my parents are doing for us. I am so happy.