And yet another good day of work was had by all.
We showed up at ten and decided to work on the guitars for a new song called (for now) Rocket. I'm not sure what the final title will be--I only know that I don't want my song to share a title with that Def Leppard song on Hysteria that I never understood the words to.
I wrote the song about my family's trip to Florida to see the Atlantis launch back in June. My friend Pat Forrester was a mission specialist on the shuttle and we were able to view the launch from the VIP area, 3.5 miles from the pad. It doesn't get much better than that. I had prepared myself for the thrill of it, for the utter coolness of seeing a real-live rocketship blast into space, but I wasn't prepared to be moved the way I was. When that ship heaved away from Earth in all that smoke and thunder I had tears streaming down my face from the joy of it. Part of it was because I knew someone on the ship, part of it was because I was sharing it with my wife and children, and part of it is what I explored in the new song.
Anyway, first thing this morning we spent a good hour or two working on parts. Parts are a Big Deal. I can't say enough how much difference it makes when a songwriter and his cohorts sit down and really think about what they're playing. It's easy (especially with this brand of folky-guitar music) to write a song and strum it without really thinking much about how to make the song beautiful, musically speaking. We spent those hours well, because what Andy G. came up with was just right.
We're heading out for a show in Louisiana tomorrow, then Denver the next night with my old pal Fernando Ortega. Whom I love. Thanks again for keeping up with the process, and for showing your enthusiasm with the emails and comments. I'm so thankful to be able to make this record for you, and for the Kingdom. I hope it turns out to be a blessing.
We'll see you on the road this weekend, and Monday we hit the studio again, bright and semi-early. Enjoy the video.