Hi friends, after quite an eventful past year or so, I finally have something to share again. To get myself back in the swing of things (more or less), I’m doing a cover, another tune from one of my major heroes, John Hiatt, called Long Time Comin’, off his 2014 release Terms of My Surrender. Bit of a backstory with this one, please bear with me…
Some of you old-timers may recall my writing about my beloved brother-in-law Bob, pro musician and recordist, with whom I had a lifelong musical partnership. I posted this photo of us in my intro post back on RR, wearing t-shirts I’d had made for us:
Tragically, Bob was struck down by early-onset vascular dementia in early 2017, and it robbed him of his personality and self so very swiftly-- by mid-17 he was unable to make all but the most basic decisions, and that ability didn’t last long… he died this past February, and in some ways it was a mercy that it happened so fast. But it was a brutal experience for our family, of which he was a pillar.
We all came together in April for a celebration of his life. It turned into a four-hour love-a-thon, with tears, laughter, and a ton of music. As part of the eulogy that my sister Juli asked me to deliver (I wore my EQ t-shirt under my sportcoat), I wrapped up with a rendition of this song playing Bob’s '70s vintage Martin D-28, modifying the lyrics slightly here and there to make it even more directly applicable to my feelings. (I know, blasphemy! Altering the lyrics of a Hiatt tune??)
So to get back in gear, I decided to do a full studio version to give to my sister and to Bob’s brother Joe, another music lover. I recorded the tracks weeks ago, did all the basic stuff to them, and now finally sat down to do a proper mix, assuming I still know how! It turns out Juli will be visiting us for the Thanksgiving week, a little over a month from now, so that sparked me to get off the dime and get this thing ready to go. My first Virginia mix.
Thanks for listening, Dave
V2 after first round of comments:
V3 after adjusting drum compression: