Well what a day, probably one of the best days of my life. Just waiting outside was exciting but when I stepped in to the place it was magic. We dropped all our belongings in Studio 2 which is just one of the iconic studios here and then we went to have a big group photo outside at the front of the building on the steps. Then the fun began.
We were taken into Studio 1 which you can see in the photo. This is the largest of the studios and it is where the big film scores are recorded with those big orchestras. I cannot tell you what it feels like to sit there. I suppose if you're not a big music fan you will be thinking 'what are you talking about Sue from the Brew?' I sat there like all my Christmas's had come at once, just like a big cat that had got the cream (not cheap tip top in a can but proper premium stuff). I just kept visualising the many music icons that had been in this very room.
We started off with our first track which was Beyonce's 'Halo'. The red light came on, the piano started playing and away we went. It was so educational learning about the actual recording process. We were given headphones and I just felt like a top recording artist with those on before we even sang a note. It's all very technical stuff you know but we got that track done and got stuck in to the next which was Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'. We sang this to the track and it just sounded fabulous. A little weird at first through the headphones but my goodness we were treated to hear all the tracks at the end of the session on the speakers and I nearly lost all my emotions, right there in musical paradise......almost like emotional diarrhoea.
We did so well for time we were able to record another song so we added 'Don't Stop Believin' to the mix. This was getting exciting and I was feeling very comfortable in my new role as recording artist. I felt an album coming on if I'm honest. We hadn't sang this song for a while so although it was sprung on us we coped well, we added in air guitars and they were magnificent. We got so carried away with our air guitars (multi tasking like the big guys) there came a moment where we had to do a bit of 'dropping in'.
What's that Sue from the Brew? Well my fellow brewsters it is when you just drop into a part of the song and just record a small part of the song that just needs doing again or improving. Wooooah get us - even get the technical jargon......this is so going on my CV.
It was just a fantastic experience and we were so lucky to be able to have this chance. The opportunities with Rock Choir are great and just get more exciting. It was worth every moment so a big thank you to everyone at Rock Choir for allowing us to go and most of all to Jennie our Choir Leader who is just the best motivator and inspiration to us all. She gives us so much confidence and without her I don't think we would sound as good as we do.
Remember if you think 'I fancy a bit of all this' well you can sign up for a free taster session at any Rock Choir and there are many all over the UK. Just go to www.rockchoir.com and search for your nearest session.
Thank you reading today and letting me get all this excitement out....I am honestly still buzzing from the day and it will stay with me for years to come. Join me again tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now.......
Well as I'm typing this only 5 more sleeps!! Yes it's only a few days now until I go along with Rock Choir to record at the famous Abbey Road Studios.
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrggghhhhhhhhh I'm so excited! This is Music Mecca isn't it? The amount of famous musicians and producers who have made music here is just overwhelming and I'm going to pop my headphones on and try and follow such incredible talent. No pressure.....and none at all as this is a true chance of a lifetime to absorb this experience and enjoy it.
We are going to record two tracks.......Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' and Beyonce's 'Halo'. We have rehearsed and they are sounding fantastic already but they are going to sound even better in the magical surroundings of Abbey Road.
For me this is such a big deal, I may have a 'moment' but I'll try and remain professional. I love the Beatles. and this place is so iconic when you're a big fan but there are so many bands that have recorded here, film scores which have been produced such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark and finishing touches which have also been engineered here too. I mean Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd - woah!! Just one of the greatest albums ever.
I remember these studios when they were known as the EMI Recording Studios before the name changed to Abbey Road in 1985. The Beatles album of the same name made it so famous and the photograph for the cover of Abbey Road was taken on the pedestrian crossing just outside the studios. Now people come from all over the world to take photos on the crossing (which the locals adore) and to sign their names on the wall outside the studios.
I have loved being with Rock Choir and the experiences it has given me. I will give you a full run down of the whole day next Monday and I'll take a few photos too if I can. The recording will be available for us to share so I'm sure I will pop that on here in the future..
Eeeeek........watch this space......
Thanks for reading and letting me pour out my excitement. I will be back tomorrow for Teapot Tuesday but for now......
Today is about anything to do with my love of music, whether it be reviews of concerts and gigs or shouting out my favourite tunes and my experiences at Rock Choir!