Capturing Real Moments

     Some of my favorite moments in a song are not musical at all.  I have always been fascinated by what happens around the music.  Musicians talking to each other during the recording, count-ins, people noodling on instruments randomly before the song starts.  That kind of thing.  I once won a round of musical Jeopardy by correctly guessing the song Lynyrd Skynyrd song Sweet Home Alabama after hearing only the count in by Ronnie Van Zant.  Also during the opening of Sweet Home Alabama, Ronnie Van Zant can be heard asking the engineer at Muscle Shoals Studio to turn up the volume in his headphones.  Mark and I have joked about making a track on a future album consisting of just the conversations we’ve captured while recording other songs.

     A well known example of this can be heard on the Let it Be album cut of Get Back, by the Beatles.  The song has en extended opening that really captures the energy of the session.  Everyone is checking their instruments, Paul seems to be doing a vocal warm-up, and John ad-libs the line, “Sweet Loretta Fat, she thought she was a cleaner, but she was a frying pan.”  It makes me smile every time I hear it.