Well, the first session is complete! We tracked drums, bass and rhythm guitar… plus guide vocals.
What an incredible session is was…. Smooth, stress free, and full of great music and incredible playing! All 13 songs, each with their own personalities starting to show themselves.
It’s interesting, I have no plan when I write, I look at my large collection of lyrics, pick up the guitar and start playing around, until something, a melody, a rhythm, a lyrical hook develops. I never know what direction the song is going to go in until the chords start suggesting a vibe to me, and then I pick up the trail and start pursuing it!
James Sclavunos joins me on Drums (again), Alex Ward on Rhythm Guitar and Harry Bohay on Bass. All three played on Queen High Straight (although Alex was saxophone on that album, not guitar…)
I shall be playing rhythm guitar too, plus a lead guitarist, a lead piano and organ player, strings, who knows what else!
I can already tell, the album will be incredible… there’s a way to go but it is going to be incredible. Not one detail will be compromised and I shall give everything I have to achieve the very best piece of music.
Having my VIP guests was a delight… you know I relish the chance to meet you, know you, become friends with you and this opportunity I opened up in the studio was just that. I welcomed people into the studio where they watched us rehearse, create and record whichever track we were doing on the day they visited. Thank you all for your presence, we all loved having you with us.
The VIP sessions will continue during the overdub stage so, if you feel like witnessing my work in progress, please do buy here: https://thewendyjames.com/product/the-wendy-james-album-10-vip-studio-visit/
There will be many, many dates, so you can find one that works for you. I will announce the next session dates soon.
So! 13 songs – these are the song titles:
WENDY JAMES ALBUM 10 ‘THE SHAPE OF HISTORY’
1. SWEET LIKE LOVE
2. A HAPPY LIFE
3. EVERYTHING IS MAGIC
4. MAY I KISS YOU? (JUST ENOUGH TO GET US INTO TROUBLE)
5. THE CRACK AND THE BOOM OF THE CREEPS AND THE GOONS
6. A BIG VICIOUS RUMBLE
7. DO YOU DIG IT? DO YOU LOVE IT? IS IT GROOVY?
8. DON’T LET DAYLIGHT INTO MAGIC
9. THIS DECLARATION OF LOVE
11. STEP ASIDE ROADKILL
12. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME WE SHARED
13. THE SHAPE OF HISTORY
We worked 10 days straight per 10 hour days, I’m a little burnt right now, but after a couple of days recovery I shall be ‘up and at ‘em’. It was a fun routine catching the bus along Marylebone Road on the way to the studio, past Regents Park into Harrow Road and my original area, Ladbroke Grove, West London… and at night, taking an Uber back along the Westway, lights and tower blocks twinkling in the night.
So! Onwards… the next stage will be master lead vocals and that will happen in a few weeks time
My 10th Album will be everything you want it to be!
Thank you so much for all your love and support
Preorder THE SHAPE OF HISTORY here: https://thewendyjames.com/product-category/the-shape-of-history/
And of course the many brilliant pieces of music and merchandise I have in store at https://thewendyjames.com/store including a couple of test pressings I still have! ‘Queen High Straight’ double vinyl, Splatter Pattern ‘I Came Here To Blow Minds’ and picture disc ‘Racine 2’, and all my classic t-shirts and posters!
I send you much love, as always