Archive for December, 2009

One by One, Week After Week

Friday, December 4th, 2009

We are currently in the phase of making this album where we are finally mixing these songs that have been around for so long. A song’s life is made of many different stages. There’s the writing stage when the song is born. There’s the the singing it to yourself stage when the song and the melody locks into place…this is the stage when you figure out that that word on the 2nd line of the 3rd verse needs to go up instead of down like in the previous 2 verses. Many songs don’t grow past this stage.

For those that do, the next stage is the performance stage. This is where you find out how the song resonates with people other than the writers. This stage determines whether the song will become a staple in the set of will just fall back to stage two, where it should have stayed to begin with. The next stage is the recording stage where you work out all those little issues that have always bugged you about the song. This is also where you figure out what the electric guitar really should be doing on that 2nd chorus, etc.. Finally we get to the mixing stage, where the song becomes what it was always meant to be. Things fall into place and ideally the song sounds close to as pure as it did when you were in stage 1.

One by one, week after week, we have been hearing these songs arrive at this last stage. It’s an amazing thing. It is making me fall in love with these songs over again. I hope that you will also fall in love with these songs when the Hillary Step’s new CD, “Note to Self” arrives shortly after the beginning of the year.

In the meantime, come check us out on December 15th at CaffĂ© Vivaldi…more info at