"Over" and "Impossible" are both exercises in varying song form, both in a vague GBV sorta-way. Of the three recorded that Sunday, these two turned out the best. In going over "Over," Rick settled into a drum beat that did not include the snare...a first for the record! I look forward to getting some French Horn and cello on this track. Still trying to come up with a piano part though. I forgot the one I wrote on Chan's porch so long ago.
"Impossible" was easy to track because I had given Rick a detailed demo of the song I had recorded with Jim in 2007. He pretty much copied what I played on the demo yet he added skill, confidence, coordination, finesse and a steady tempo. Brilliant!
"Welcome Home" turned out to be a pain in the ass and after having tried it with GC years ago, I should have let it go. But it was that pesky fondness that kept me coming back. We started the session by recording toms for the verses. It wasn't until I played the toms and showed Rick what I heard that he was on board with the part. Then we recorded big room ride crashes. Once those underdubs were made we set up a normal kit to get the chorus parts. No slight on Rick because he's an amazing drummer, but I wasn't feeling it. And then a few days later when we recorded guitar for the song, I was even more underwhelmed. That night at home (Wednesday), I decided to axe it from the record. Fuck it. Aside from having an accordian player create an amazing mood on the verses, I don't care about it anymore. Letting it go, y'all. That night I also decided to 86 "No Big Rivalry," a song for which we've yet to record a note and for which there wasn't going to be a drum track anyway.
After cutting those two tracks from the lineup, we're left with 14 songs. That's classic Beatles style and it will be approximatly 38 minutes long which is a great length. Plus, Jim says 14 is his favorite number. My favorite number is 7 and there will be 7 songs per side if I'm ever blessed with a vinyl release. At least it's gonna be sequenced with that in mind.