It was mostly just a preliminary recording sesh and was done in our bedroom. Ha! Thanks to Matt's training and know-how, he can pretty much set up a "studio" anywhere. We put the microphone in the corner and used a bunch of blankets and pillows to help prevent any type of echo or reverb.
Matt wanted to try out a number of different microphones to ensure we're using the best mic for this project. In the process of switching mics I was able to learn more about what mics do what and which are better for specific types of usage. Interesting. After Matt is done editing and tweaking, I'll let you guys know which microphone he felt was best.
Last night's song was Be Thou My Vision, which is originally a 6th century monastic chant and eventually translated into English and then versified in 1912 by Eleanor Hull. I feel it's very important to know the origin of songs that touch us internally, as they were written by folks who were also touched and to lose that significance is a shame.
We probably won't have an entire album of hymns, but we felt this was a good place to start. It was acapella and in no particular key (I really need to get myself a pitch pipe). After all the choral and ensemble experience I've had, it was a very different feeling to trust myself with a starting pitch and to go with it. I have a feeling this project is going to morph into many lessons regarding my ability to "let go."
Overall, it was a fun start and when the time comes, maybe I can sneak those two glasses of wine into the studio!