Setting Sail – Slow & Steady

This has got to be by far the worst summer I’ve ever experienced in Hamburg, admittedly as I’m writing this it’s 28 degrees outside, but I’m sure it won’t be long till the skies sneeze again as this city unfortunately has a serious allergy to hot weather. However a good thing about grey skies is that you don’t feel too guilty when you’re in the studio all day. As they say, optimism is an intellectual choice!

Speaking of the studio, the sessions for the new Joel Havea Trio album, “Setting Sail” have been moving along nicely.  We have overdubbed, keys, harmonica, almost all backing vocals with a few other surprises still to come. The release date has been pushed back to early 2017 but don’t worry, we promise it will be worth the wait!

The sessions are always interesting for me as studio work is completely different to performing live and I still consider myself very much a beginner in this world. But the best thing about being a novice is that your learning curve is steep and sharp and improvements are tangible. It’s been an enjoyable process, to butcher a Waldo Emerson quote, I guess because making… “an album is a journey, not a destination”.


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