Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We've just been packing up recorders at our motel in preparation to drive to the church for our last day of recording. Because the church is very cold at night we bring our wet recorders back to the motel each evening, knock out the blocks and let them thoroughly dry. The drive to the church, about 15 minutes, takes us through beautiful rolling hills, fields edged by woods, a tiny village, past a strange tall tower (now used for cell phones and radio waves...), down a gravel road to a quiet and peaceful spot. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to make music together in such a lovely location. Peter, our recording engineer, is a joy to work with - he is never mean, he makes very good suggestions, both musical and technical, and he is lots of fun to hang around with in the breaks. I (Frances) have been enjoying very much playing with the three other Farallonians. It is wonderful to get to play these pieces over and over with such good musicians. You might think the over-and-over part, trying to be perfect in every way, might be tedious, but it is not at all. It is completely absorbing.