As I write this, I am listening some of the rough mixes for my next CD, I Don’t Do Lazy Like That. This phase is exciting; it also seems a bit daunting. I have been working on this CD for the better part of a year, and one realizes that it sort of comes down to these moments. Listening, reflecting, self-critiquing; listening, reflecting, self-critiquing. I wonder if I have been able to maintain the original muse for each of the songs. The songs change during production, and in many ways, my job here is to let them go in as best shape as I am able to muster—to trust my team, indeed to trust the songs. These are the final stages of preparation before these twelve songs are released into the world.
Again, I have been able to work with the same stellar cast of musicians as my first two CDs—Gent Laird on stand-up bass, Rich McFarlane on acoustic, electric, rhythm and lead guitar, Glenn Ens on percussion, and I play piano on a few tracks. Mr. Ross Nykiforuk contributes accordion, piano, keyboards, and organ, a multi-talented instrumentalist indeed. Of course, Ross produces this project, as he has my previous two. I am fortunate to be able to harness such homegrown talent.
One particular track is emerging as my personal favorite; it is a rather simple one and sparsely produced. There is the piano, the accordion, and my voice. The ways in which Ross’s accordion playing wraps around the vocal track and piano is captivating. The track has a regretful sadness, and a simple poignancy. I do hope you will enjoy it, and stay tuned for more updates on I Don’t Do Lazy Like That.
Warmly, Scott Anthony