Speaking with Stephen Lee (friend, recording artist and founder of Fabletongue) as we drive through sprawling farmland on the fringe of Hamilton, he is as thrilled as me about finishing off a few tracks in the studio that are in need of drums, "the icing on the cake" as he explains.
The Studio's rusty barn roof unexpectedly appears out of the Cloudless Sky in the peak of the hot Southern Ontario summer.
On the plate this day was an upbeat track entitled "Winter," a progressively positive sounding piece with an edgy melodic guitar. Also, "No One Left to Say Goodbye" a ballad both Stephen and I created at my cabin in the woods of Muskoka a few years back beautifully written by writer Donna King. The title suggests a very dark piece but Mr. Lee has beautifully sculpted the music around Ms. King's lyrics and his voice brings it all together into magical harmonic fashion.
I admit my chops were a little out of shape heading into the all-day session but once I cracked the snare a few times, I was ready to "roll". Recording with Stephen is quite the experience - like controlled chaos; he really trusts the experience and creativity of the musician encouraging him put his own style and spin on things. Watching him frolic up and down directing and cueing me up while I was in the saddle kept me both smiling and alert.
It's great to see FABLETONGUE come to fruition and Stephen following his passion of producing music and promoting it independently, quite the accomplishment. The Dundas based music teacher is truly passionate and excited about making music and it's clear he is putting his best into the Fabletongue venture.
Today his energy is illuminating and helps one's spirit fly.
Fabletongue has released a few singles with the first colourful release "Cloudless Sky" (available on itunes and Bandcamp ) recorded in 2010 and masterfully brought to life with the help of industry veteran David Bottrill. The tracks we recorded in this session at Barn Window Studios will be released in 2013.
Suddenly, I am on my way to Peru at 4 am the next morning. Resonating. Fingers blistering. Tired and inspired.