Blog Post – Paul Williams Interview – Dress up?
So, you’re recording your latest hit in the studio, and it’s just not happening…
You’ve got the best mic available, a great preamp, the lighting is great, lyric sheet in place, warm tea nearby, yet the vibe isn’t right…
In today’s blog post, we revisit an interview that Todd Miller did with legendary songwriter Paul Williams…composer of such tracks as “Rainy Days and Mondays”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainbow Connection”, “You And Me Against The World”, Theme from “The Love Boat”, “Someday Man” by The Monkees, “Almost Sorry” with the Scissor Sisters, and even worked with Daft Punk on “Touch” and “Beyond”…wow. Paul shares not only his songwriting process including numerous co-writes but also some of his most memorable songs and studio experiences.
One sticks out for Paul – working with Kermit The Frog and his puppeteer Jim Henson. Jim was singing as Kermit but the vibe wasn’t right. Paul was the producer and it was obvious that “Kermit” wasn’t actually being recorded on tape, but the performance was not there. Paul decided to ask Jim to put Kermit on his hand and perform AS Kermit to see what would happen. He put Jim behind a screen for privacy and to allow him to inhabit the role of Kermit. Voila…suddenly the song “Rainbow Connection” came alive! How does this apply to you? Read on…
Have you ever felt that your songs sometimes have more energy on stage than in the studio? Do you dress differently on the stage as opposed to the studio? Maybe you don’t, but I’ve found that some bands I’ve worked with actually make the studio experience as close to the stage as possible. Bring some stage props or a banner, drape your microphone in scarves, set up some funky lighting, wear some clothes that you’d wear on stage to feel great or impress your fans. MAKE it a performance. If you are a Genesis tribute band, wear a fox head if you need to get the correct vibe. Have you ever seen old pictures of orchestras? Back in the day, musicians sometimes dressed up in formal attire to record, ensuring that they were focused on the task at hand, as it made them feel more professional.
Here’s the podcast ==>
We’re not saying you can’t record in your jammies if you want to, but think about it…it just might help to mix it up a bit. Just give us advance warning if you are wearing your Minions PJs into a session 🙂
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