Monday, September 15, 2008
What does a producer do?
A producer is a coach, a mentor, a teacher, a facilitator, a joker, and the leader through the myriad levels of the work of making a new song or album...or, that is what Paul does.
Paul is all of the above and more! He and Sarah have been pouring over her journals, and Chad's journals, to find the essential kernels of the emotions that will grow up to be the new songs.
They have been staying up late at night, during Sarah's other trips down here, to write songs that reflect the journey that Sarah has been on...to capture it in music. I was privileged to hear some of their songs today and all I can say is...WOW!!! You are all going to love what you hear!
In the picture above, you can see Paul in front of his computers and sound engineering system. With this amazing program and his expertise, he can lay down the tracks, add instrumentation, tune the vocals, "comp" the pieces of the vocals that sound the best...he builds the song and the sound. With Sarah, he gives her an idea of the place he wants to sound to come from in her voice, and he helps her to interpret the music. He keeps her focused and he asks her for the best that she can give at all times.
He also tells really corny jokes, loves to go out for yummy food to keep us all going, and puts up with our Starbucks addiction.
When you hear the songs they are working on, you will hear the genius that is Paul in there, making the music sparkle and shine!
We also get to hang out with his lovely wife Karolyne and his three great kids, and the dogs and hamsters that are part of his family.
We are filled with thanksgiving and gratitude that the Lord has brought him into our lives!