freak rainstorm beats down outside (6 inches in as many
hours, allegedly) whilst I set up the studio in readiness
for the arrival of the Pete and Lois Hicks. Pete's
about to do his vocals for the album's second track,
'Doctor Prometheus'. Aside from the vocal performance,
there are three vital ingredients to any Hicks vocal
session - Yorkshire tea (crucial to any occasion),
Thai Satay-Style Pot Noodles and Lois's legendary vegan
sausage rolls. Their car arrives, the kettle goes on
and straight away we catch up on the latest goss. The
Pot Noodles and sausage rolls must wait, however - because
Pete begins by laying down the vocals
for the first two verses, and is in fine form. Around
1.00 PM, Dick Foster arrives - we review what's done
so far, and have a final discussion with him about the lyrics.
decide some improvements can be made by changing a word or two (always best done before it's
too late!) and press on. Dick makes sure the video
camera is fully charged, and discreetly captures some
of the session to include in a video blog.
a mini Niagra falls is gushing outside the studio
window, in stark contrast to the cheery atmosphere inside.
A short break for a late lunch - the tupperware
is popped open and out come those sausage rolls and
salad goodies. Then it's back to work. All
goes well - a touch of double-tracking in the choruses,
some harmonies and we're done. Everyone is very
pleased with the result, so there's only one thing left
to do - celebrate with a Pot Noodle. Go on, you
know you want to...
the Pete VIDEO BLOG
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