So, I watched it last nite. A friend sent me a text telling me I should tune in, so I jumped in about the time they were inducting Lou Adler. It was interesting, and LA definitely was a pioneer. Carole King sang “So Far Away” and it was cool, she sounded like Carole King.
Now, I’m not sure if I’m remembering everything in perfect order but these were some of the highlights for me…and some of the low lights too.
Now I know why Beyonce shook Kelly Rowland. That was about the most rehearsed, affected, phony, “look at me” induction speech I almost ever sat through…I didn’t make it. I switched off and came back, just checking so see if she ever would shut it.
Donna Summer, awesome. What KR did and what Jennifer Hudson did..not so much. Snorefest, lounge singing, pretentious and not in Donna Summer’s stratosphere.
Usher shocked me with his MJ “Off the Wall”. Proved that Justin Timberfake is extra cheezy.
Heart was amazing. Real.
I liked Rush, even though they weren’t my favorite band in the 80’s,90’s, etc.
I Wrote this piece about 10 years ago and it only appeared in the Alicia Keys Fan Club Newsletter…major time machine stuff, wow!
The Making of “THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS”
-a page from “the diaries of ‘the boutique’”-
17 hour days.6 sometimes 7 days a week. Studios in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles. Lots of candles,incense,coffee,tuna sandwiches,chai latte’s,green tea,pizza,soy chicken,water,soda and more coffee. No windows. Not much TV.No video games. Some internet.Not much sleep. Lots of music. Lots of work. Lots of fun. One album.
I am assuming you are a fan of Alicia Keys because you’re reading this in the AKFCNL. And as a fan you might be interested in some of what was involved in the making of “the diaries of alicia keys”. In this page from “the diaries of the boutique” I hope to give you a little peek at what making the album has been like.
Who is “the boutique”? I have been, for the past several months, the engineer for the album. Along with a few “other engineers” like Anntastic. But enough about me(I can’t believe I said that),this is about the making of the album.
We started the recording back in February. I wasn’t actually sure we were making the album until June because I thought we were just trying out some studios to see if we liked them. I guess we liked them. It’s October as I am writing this and we’ve still got a little way to go.
Most people ask the question “Why does it take so long?” The answer is not an easy one. There are many reasons. What are some? Here’s a brief list of the ingredients needed to make an album: First an inspiration is needed and from that comes music and lyrics. Then arrangements are decided,but they can change. Then production is chosen,but that can change. Then the song is recorded,but that might be done a few times. Then it is mixed,and that might be redone too. There are alot of revisions to each stage. Not because of indecision but because each element reacts to the other. If a lyric is changed,a melody might. If a chord is changed, a melody might have to. If an arrangement is changed,the tempo might . And so on and so on. An album is a process. It is emotional and physical and involves an artist’s deepest thoughts, moods and performances. Those things can’t be forced, they have to occur naturally.
When you finally have the album, and you’re listening to it, I hope this little article gives you some more insight as to where it came from. From my front row seat, I can tell you that it was made with an incredible passion by an artist who really loves what she does.
Enjoy it, I did.
In response to some of the questions about my site these days I’ll just sum it up by saying that I’ve had several iterations over the years and maybe it just felt like it was time for a minimalistic approach. Tumblr allows me to “post” or reblog at will from my phone, or laptop(yes, I still use one). If or when I get back to traditional blogging, or writing, I may just use Tumblr and change themes… but I like this one!
Hit Factory circa ‘94. Minty
in studio..i guess this has been on the web for a year? i didn’t know,lol. who gave it the thumbs down? damn. anyway, hope you get something out of it.
Hugh’s 335, kampo studio, 2003.
R.I.P. Hugh McCracken
good place for a led zep reunion
on the stereo today:
aretha, gladys, harold melvin, etc.
jimmy cliff, ub40, black uhuru
cocktails-jay-z blueprint 2
Due to some schedule changes I have some open time near the end of the month if you are interested in having me mix something for you…and btw I opened up the “ask” scenario under the “questions” link in the navigation line. we’ll see how that goes!!
every so often a music maker needs to put on “The Eagles Greatest Hits”…enjoy it, and resist the thoughts of quitting entirely.
SARM West studio, London…not sure what I was about to record, but probably vocals..