8:45a.m. After a traditional breakfast at The Compton Lounge, our favourite local cafe its off to start the serious stuff .. laying down the tracks to the click. Fortunately we managed to get in last night to set up and mic up the cajon. This little box drum of Peruvian origin has found increasing popularity over the recent years, especially in Flamenco and other more mainstream music. As usual, few people have ever heard of this drum, but fall in love with it as soon as they hear it. A good start to the day.
9.30 a.m. Jo, our vocalist feels really quite ill so puts down guide vocals and hits the sack wth her paracetamol and cold relief medication. Not such a good start to the day after all!
1.45 p.m. Lunch arrives; always welcome.
10.20 p.m. Early finish for the day! Four cajon tracks laid down with additional percussion added; and sounding good.
So what have I learnt today?
Mainly the value and importance of encouragement. It is a real joy and privilege working in a band where everyone is so encouraging. Some parts seem to present more of a challenge than others and it is at these times when the real values of friendship and relationship pull through. I must make a note of this for when I next deal with people who are struggling, rather than thinking that I’ve conquered that problem and completely missing their need.
Bed calls so I’ll think on this as I fall asleep and hopefully it will come back to haunt me when I revert back to my critical self!