inspirato

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Last night's recording session went... OK, I think.  As is usually the case with things like this, I spent the week leading up to the session in somewhat of a panic because I'd never arranged horns before and had no idea how or where to start... then I came up with some ideas, played them for the producers and they seemed pleased... so I walked to the session feeling pretty confident and prepared... and then I met the actual players and realized that I was woefully underprepared and that I should have written charts and maybe bothered to listen to some music with horns so I could figure out the best way to voice tenor sax, trombone and trumpet...

...but the horn players got the ideas I was trying to convey, and we actually finished about 2 hours ahead of schedule, and we left the studio feeling pretty good about the evening....

...but now, of course, when I hear the recordings in my head, they basically just scream out "Hi, these were horn arrangements written by someone who's never written horn arrangements before", and now I want to throw them out and start over, now that I have a better idea of (a) what I'm doing and (b) what the songs actually need.

This always happens. 

I think I need to get a keyboard.  I'm thinking about selling my Fender Twin (which I will probably never have an occasion to use again) and getting a Nord, although they're absurdly expensive (and anyway, if I'm getting rid of my Twin, I'll probably want to replace it with a Vox15 or something).  I'm being as aggressive as I can in paying off my credit card debt, though, and something like a Nord is just too much to hack right now...
My Nord (Electro 73) has been my favorite purchase in the past several years. All of the sounds are wonderful and they are easy to use. Not to tempt you further, but it's a darn good investment.