Video time! Turns out that these days, all you really need is an iPhone. And maybe some video editing software like iMovie to make yourself a trailer. We snuck ourselves into an undisclosed alley (our filming studio) in South Minnie. Snow flurries were just starting to fall; it was cold.
Dan got himself into my wedding suit jacket and donned Jake's Mad Men hat (Dan doesn't have clothes of his own). Then pulled out a cigar and mournfully whistled (just like the devil himself)!
And so we provided a sneak peak of the music from our song Wall Street which had recently gotten a shiny new organ part courtesy of the unflappable Jon Schmig. We had to track Jon separately at his practice setup with the group Dallas Orbiter, but my Focusrite Saffire was more than capable to record his synth.
He played along with our mix probably three times and was set to go. I was excited to work with him and he talked me into finding an accordion for him. We procured a loaner from the Hummingbirds and ran him through a few tunes. The guys liked the new twist. He would join us for Happy Folkin' New Year despite practicing with us for less than a month!!
From this point on there wasn't much else to do. We had practice, not much because of Christmas. I had been in touch with John Peters for quite some time regarding the live recording of Happy Folkin' New Year. He was ready to go and I knew he'd do a quality job!
The only thing left to do was watch my Badgers lose on New Year's Day, eat sausage and sauerkraut (New Year's tradition in my house) and fold cds up into quaint little paper bag packages.