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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Potato Skins Are Just The Carriers

"The way I see it.... potato skins are just the carriers for the cheese and bacon. The same way that the vocal is just the carrier for the fiddle."

Ben Strano (friend, engineer, co-producer aka The Sonic Fedora) upon discussing the vocals for "Devil Went Down To Georgia".

Turns out there's a BIG difference in singing this one on stage and in the studio. I think we were all a bit aware that this would be the case. I'm pretty animated when I sing this song live. It's hard not to be. It is such a fun and energetic song. But again. Recording is a microscope. And if I tried to sing this on the record as hard and excited as I sing it live? Well, it would sound almost cartoon-like... theatrical, if you will. And even though it is a song about a fiddle contest between the devil and a good-ole Georgia boy.... the song is cool as well... (sorry but I gotta...) hell. (You know, Devil... Hell... I'm a dork!)

I've always noticed that rappers do that... everything is way more hyped live because it is harder to get energy across when you are speaking. Never knew I'd be drawing inspiration from Jay-Z or 50 Cent in the studio. Just call me a Southern Ghetto-Fabulous Belle.

The other thing that is so different about the studio... NOTHING sounds like it will once it is mixed. When Ben is done EQ-ing and compressing my voice and mixing the track... it will sound sound a million times better than it does as we listen back right now. And the EQ-ing automatically makes it sound like it has more energy. We were talking about this... And the way I described it to him was... it's like the different between a matte black and a really sharp, rich, glossy black. (I was thinking in color because one of the photo set-ups yesterday was in front of a matte black wall) Ben's mix will take my voice, put it right in your face and it will go from the flat, matte black to a beautiful rich glossy black.

If I've lost you in all this talk between mixes and potatoe skins and matte or glossy finish, I apologize. But you probably know me by now if you are reading this, and you know it is 4am :)

Miguel and Ella get home from Chile tomorrow morning!!! They are probably in our hemisphere by now :)

Peace. Love. Fiddle.
Southern Ghetto Fabulous Nat

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Blogger Natalie's Favorite Farm Boy Fan : ) said...

Hay : )

Big news in Shady Grove !!

First Big News :

I told everyone how beautiful you looked in your blog photo that showed you getting ready for your photo shoot, so all us Farm Boys have been issued multiple restraint devices and straight jackets so we might have a small chance of restraining ourselves when we see the pictures from the actual photo shoot !!

Second Big News :

It's hard to research while restrained, but just for the fun of it I google searched "potato skins are just the carrier", and your post is first out of 17,200 !!

I really like Ben's logic and thoughtfullness. I remember reading on his blog about how we all want people we can pull for in movies and life, and that is such an awesome thought.

Branching out a bit, logically speaking, we could say that Natalie's purty ivory tater skin is the carrier for your awesome talent ( and cheese and bacon : )

Us Silosiphers (Philosphers affected by pure alcohol grain in the silo) are currently engaged in a spirited debate regarding my belief that in special situations like yours, the beautiful carrier is equal to or maybe even more important than the talent that is carried.

I know this is a bodagious thought, but you sure is a purty girl, so we must consider this in any rational hippo-thesis, or hypothesis for that matter.

We may debate for eternity about which comes first, the beautiful carrier Natalie or the beatuiful talent that she carries and delivers so beautifully !!

For the fun of it I also google searched under Natalie's Favorite Farm Boy Fan, and there it is !!

I even saw where your mother twittered you and wrote "thinking about a blog within a blog - Natalie's favorite farm boy fan!"

Now another beautiful Stovall has made me all aglow !! I may have to take the tire gauge and let some air out of my ego after seeing that !!

Sincerely, it is very cool that your mother enjoys my fun writings of admiration for you and the boys in the band !! I especially appreciate all the support you get from your mother and father and your family, and the familes of all your band members !!

Peace, Love, and waiting to maybe get used to the beauty of your new photos so we can maybe unrestrain ourselves : )

May 26, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

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