I don't think it's just sound waves that get recorded in the studio.
That's why some records can sound technically perfect but utterly lifeless, uninspired and empty. While other records have blood and skin and dirt and air and loose threads and smudges and real, raw human marks all over it, and they floor you.
It's tricky, striking that balance. It's navigation by other means.
That's also why it's so incredibly exhausting to make even a decent record, let alone a great record -- there's a lot going on. There's a lot to feel you're way through, and think you're way through.
This is why I haven't been able to sleep the last 5 days even though I've been incredibly tired from 12 hour recording shifts... I can't turn off.
John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light at Red Rocks.
CAN YOU HEAR ME
by John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light. Directed by David Dyster/Umbrella Brigade.