George @ Berklee

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Nashville, TN '07 Part Three:

Hey everyone! This update will be short because frankly, I'm exhausted.

This morning Matt and I woke up early to take a tour of Ocean Way studios here in Nashville. It's a really nice and world famous music studio. Some of the albums that were recorded there include Sheryl Crow's "C'mon C'mon", Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" and Faith Hill's "Breathe". This is a picture of what it looks like to be standing in the middle of studio A and looking into the control room. Studio A is the biggest recording room and it used to be a church.

Here's a picture of some of the gorgeous antique windows!

The morning session was great too, we had a clinic with a panel of Berklee Alumni that now live in Nashville. They answered a lot of questions about the music scene in Nashville and what it's like to live here. Very informative and useful.

After lunch we had some dynamite workshops with Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea and then had a clinic with Grammy award winning songwriters Jon Vezner and Don Henry. They played songs for us and told us about their careers and what they did to get where they are. They're all amazingly talented and unbelieveably humble. They were very patient and took time to answer lots of questions.

After that we went to a local bar here called the Station Inn for an open bluegrass jam! There were some amazing local players and a couple Berklee students even went on stage to join the jam.

I'm really digging the country music thing lately and want to really dig my teeth in to some more roots based music. (foreshadowing!!!)

Wish you all could have been there!!!!

Here's a short/blurry cellphone video that I uploaded so you can get a sense of the atmosphere.

Tomorrow there will be more workshops with industry bigwigs and songwriting clinics with Gretchen Wilson ("Redneck Woman") and Janis Ian ("I learned the truth at seventeen, that love was meant for beauty queens..") Take it easy everyone!


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