the dismantling and re-building of StudioBelew has begun in earnest.
the monumental task of taking it all apart,
storing or selling the parts we no longer need,
(including the giant 9-foot 48-channel Neotek console)
installing the new parts we will be using,
and wiring it all back together will take weeks of effort
and the ensuing chaos inherent in such an explosion,
but in the end we will have an updated more modern
and efficient place to create music.
our friend and partner in this effort is Saul Zonana.
most of you know saul as my one-man-band opening act
for many of our shows of the last two years.
he is of course a very talented and capable person.
a terrific songwriter, a singer with his own style,
a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer.
saul, his wife nicole, and son jesse have just moved
to the nashville area (murfreesboro).
we have decided to merge our studios and abilities.
eventually this will result in very select co-productions.
more importantly it will give each of us
another set of ears, eyes, and hands to rely on.
since july of last year with the sad loss of ken
StudioBelew has mostly sat vacant.
I have spent the bulk of my efforts playing live concerts
with the mighty power trio I love.
now at last I'm ready to go back to recording mode.
this is a time of preparation for next year's work
which will include rehearsals with the new krimson,
as many live dates as possible with the power trio,
and the development of a brand new solo record.
with saul's adept engineering abilities we have
already completed side four (live) (more on that soon)
and my hope is to stoke the fire of creativity further
with a fresh round of material for the trio to play live.
for 15 years now I have owned my own studio.
no doubt it was the smartest career decision I ever made.
it's my little slice of heaven.
the place where I write or practice or experiment
or try out new devices or produce other artist's music
or play on other artist's records
or rehearse with the bears or king crimson or the trio
or outline new ideas with robert
or record my music and mix it
or listen to CDs at night
or paint my paintings
or do my phone interviews
or just sit quietly.
it's a great source of inspiration.
it used to be the daily scene of numerous activities.
I can't wait to see it flourish again.