George @ Berklee

Making the most of $40,000

Friday, March 23, 2007

Nashville, TN '07 Part Six: The Wrap-up!

Hey funseekers! Well our last day in Nashville wasn't quite as packed as the other ones. We woke up early and packed the bus with our luggage then went to one last songwriting clinic with producer Kyle Lehning and songwriter Mike Reid. Mike Reid is known for writing "I can't make you love me if you don't" for Bonnie Raitt. It was a really good clinic but all the clinics during the week were amazing.

At lunch, Matt and I ate lunch at the chicken finger place across the street from the hotel, Otter's Chicken Tenders. The best part about food in the south is washing it all down with a nice cold glass of sweet tea. Sweet tea is awesome, they even serve it at McDonalds. My mouth is actually watering a little bit just thinking about it.

After lunch, we had a real treat. We were allowed to sit in with a real Nashville recording session. We watched "The Time Jumpers" cut a track in a studio called "The Tracking Room" They were an amazing western swing band (western swing is kinda a cross between country and jazz). They were really amazing, they were all well known session players and the rhythm guitarist was "Ranger Doug" Green of "Riders in the Sky" fame! Sweet! The pedal steel player was John Hughey who is in the steel guitar hall of fame (who knew that even existed?)

It's a huge understatement to say that they were amazing musicians. I think everyone's jaw was on the floor after they played.

After we hung out there for a few hours we boarded the buses for the long trip home and 20+ hours of falling asleep on a uncomfortable bus seat later, we're back in Beantown. It was an amazing trip. I feel really inspired and energized and I think that this is going to change my writing for the better, permanently. It's really been a life changing experience and a really fun time. Now it's time to get to bed early and tomorrow I'm going to get cracking on homework and practice for next week! Take care everyone, more updates to come!


Blogger Droughtweeks said...

Nice looking steel there George. You aren't thinking about becoming a 'hat act' though are you?

I'd love to go to the Opry someday.

Friday, March 23, 2007 9:52:00 PM  

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