It’s time, ladies and gentlemen. You can finally hear the songs I’ve been talking about all this time! That’s right. Live Summer Session 2005, with 18 songs and sixty minutes of original music, was released to the public this week, and the feedback is already pouring in from around the globe! If you’re just tuning in, LSS 2005 was recorded in my living room this past summer, LIVE in one take. I composed a lot of the music right there on the spot, using a big stack of my lyric notes for reference, and letting the inspiration take over from there. There were no producers telling me what to do (or what not to do), no engineers giving me another take; it was just me and the piano, playing and singing the music as it came to me, straight through without stopping.
This is guerrilla record making at its guerrillest, and I’m pleased to report that it’s turned out to be a smashing success… but you should have heard the sirens going off in my email box as people warned me not to take that kind of chance, because oh my god, live recordings don’t ever sound good, and don’t you want to sound as good as the bands on the radio?? People even freaked out when I told them I composed the songs impromptu. They hadn’t even heard the music yet and they were already judging it and warning me not to submit “rough” demos to the public, lest