~ “Be At Ease” Music Shed, New Orleans, April 4th 2014 ~
(L-R) Micheal Ziants, Heath Allen, Ben Lorio, Rich Lenz, Jerry Christopher, Mike Dorsey
When the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans Children’s Miracle Network Telethon airs on WDSU-TV next month, pay special attention to the theme song, “Be At Ease”.
I have recorded many music projects over the years at Airlift Productions, but never ever, ‘not no, but uh-uh’ – one quite like this!
Rich Lenz bounced the original idea off the team in the summer of 2013, but I doubt any of us at the time realized exactly how daunting and ambitious it would all turn out to be.
On April 4th, Rich, Heath Allen, Jerry Christopher, Justin Davi and I all joined ace, crack (this guy is so good!) engineer Mike Dorsey down at New Orleans’ Music Shed on Euterpe to record all the basic guitar, bass, drums & piano tracks.
We then brought the wave files back to Airlift Productions and went to work.
April 5th was a busy day in the Airlift ‘hood – we recorded vocals with Rich & Heath first, then Norman Robinson & Brian Landry joined us to lay-down trumpet & euphonium tracks. The mix was starting to get deep. But we weren’t done.
April 7th, Bo “Boots” Walker visited Airlift to add percussive grooves. Yes, something as simple as a tambourine & egg shaker sure adds sizzle & pop.
In the subsequent two weeks, from two different recording setups in Tulsa, two additional tracks were sent via the internet to the Airlift Studios.
Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador & violin virtuoso Kyle Dillingham sent-in his violin addition, while Rich’s daughter Claire Lenz recorded her vocal tracks at the recording facilities of Oral Roberts University – and then sent them to Airlift & me.
And now – the real work began! Can you imagine taking all these different sources from all these different studios and all these varied talents – and crafting a finished, harmonious, and balanced mix?
Well, the proof of the pudding, they say, is in the tasting. Listen or Download right here
(and No egos were harmed in the making of this recording)
~ the Three Amigos, brotherhood in the ‘hood at the Airlift Studios, Summer 2013
(L-R) Rich Lenz, Micheal Ziants, Heath Allen ~
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