Saturday, 18 January 2014 | 347 days to go

We gathered at my house in Glastonbury just before 1 pm and headed to David Oliver’s, near Priddy. It took over an hour of tweaking volumes and re-positioning mics and the bass amp before we were ready to go. The setup was very basic. Emma was one side of a duvet hung over two cymbal stands and the rest of us; me, Davy and Jon, were the other side, encircling a second mic.

The video below gives you in insider’s view of what the preparations involved. Here we’re trying to get the levels right between the three instruments and Davy’s vocal, while attempting, despite the limitations of the mic, to get a crisper, more defined sound on the bass. We don’t quite get the desired result with the bass but David’s reassuring comment at the end of the clip gave us a laugh.

However, ‘As I hesitate’ continued to elude us so we moved on and recorded ‘I Can See You Fly’, ‘Catch Me’, ‘So In Love With You’ and ‘Run with Me’. Below is the version of ‘Run with Me’ recorded that day.

The recording day finished at just gone 6 pm. We next meet up for rehearsals on Monday evening. A further recording session at David’s is now planned for Wednesday evening.

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