Day One In the Studio

Welcome! Slugs & Bugs is in the studio, starting today.

I’m going to try and chronicle each day’s progress here on the Slugs & Bugs blog, so check in frequently and see how it’s going (or feel free to haze me if I forget to post).

The first day in the studio is always fun and slightly clumsy, kinda like playing pin the tail on the donkey bug. Where to begin? Thankfully, Ben loves Jesus and we prayed together that God would bless the work and our fellowship, and that we would remain mindful of him and the future listeners of this music as we make it. Then we picked a song!

We started with our Romans 8:28-31 song – which has a strong, anthemic chorus and spoken-word verses. Believe it or not we ended up with a hip-hop reference or two, I can’t remember them – I’ll edit this tomorrow after Ben reminds me.

Then we spent a lot of time working on the Ten Commandments song. It’s the only one where I didn’t even try to quote word-for-word. I wasn’t satisfied with my chorus, so Ben helped me tweak it till we both loved it. And then the real fun started.

As a sound reference, I pulled up a sound file on my iPhone that I recorded during a commercial from this year’s Super Bowl. We looked up the song online and it inspired two KILLER horn parts. I already can’t wait for you to hear.

Then we worked on Hear, O Israel – from Deuteronomy 6, which was a fun left turn. We referenced Taylor Swift’s “Mean” as well as the lead track from Paul Simon’s song “Christmas Day” from his So Beautiful or So What album. I played through the song (probably 10) times on  Andrew Osenga’s old red acoustic – “Charlie”, I think – as we thought about what instrumentation the song needs and whether it needs an instrumental hook. (Yes.)

Then we left for lunch – Red Curry and two rolls of sushi – at Peter’s Sushi and Thai in Brentwood.

This post is getting longer than I meant for it to be. I’m going to try and keep these short so you’ll come back for more. I promise less tomorrow! Thanks for the prayers!


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8 thoughts on “Day One In the Studio

  1. I can only speak for myself here, but I enjoyed the play by play – there’s no need to shorten it unless you just want to. I think it’s really cool to hear how real working musicians funnel inspiration from the life going on around them and then work it through their own filters to create something new and beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. (hit send a bit too fast to catch my typo. 🙂 ) Anyhow, I hope tracking goes smoothly! I’d love to work together again sometime! I helped out with one of your live shows at CPC, in case you’re wondering who I am. 🙂

  2. I also enjoy the play by play. I’m not a musician, but I love to hear how albums are made, like a magician revealing secrets. Especially looking forward to how “Christmas Day” influences this. Keep up the great work, Randall! I do pray this album brings more delight in God’s word.

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