Mixing it Up

Mixing it Up – Closer to the Finish Line

After taking a break, I was back in the studio this month for more mixing of my album, In a Circle. Wow, it’s been a long journey since I started recording the first vocal and guitar tracks in the studio! At this point, I’m now nearly complete with the process.

To put it simply, mixing an album is all about getting a good blend of instruments and vocals. So, the final goal is to have the most important tracks of each song (in my case, it’s usually the vocals) easy to hear amongst the instrument tracks (guitar, drums, etc.) To hear one of my latest mixes, click below.

Artist Spotlight: Colin Hay

Colin goes Cubano

Colin Hay gets the Meadowlark spotlight this week because I heard him in concert this week at The Crest, my favorite live music venue in Sacramento. However, the surprise of the night was having a young Cuban artist, San Miguel Perez, opening the show with his band. Apparently, San Miguel is considered one of the best Cuban tres and guitar players. Also, he’s a singer, percussionist, and composer, as well as part of the New Generation of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Here’s an original song that he played with Colin at The Crest. For me, there’s something inspiring about witnessing both older and younger artists working and playing together. If you like this music, check out San Miguel’s website.

I Want My MTV

If you’re an 80’s music fan, you may remember Colin as the front man and lead vocalist for one of the popular bands of that time, Men at Work. Also, he was their principal songwriter. In the early days of MTV, their music videos helped make them popular in the U.S. Here’s one of their hit tunes from back in the day, Who Can It Be Now?

I Come From a Land Down Under

Even though, Colin lived in Australia from the age of 14 years old until 1989, he was born in Scotland. In 1981, Men at Work’s first album, Business as Usual, produced three hits. Their second album, Cargo, was released in 1983 and produced three more hits. Finally, by the time their third album, Two Hearts, was released in 1985, the band was falling apart and, sadly, the hits stopped coming.

After Men at Work disbanded in 1985, Colin lived in Australia for a few more years before relocating to Los Angeles in 1989. Since 1987, he’s been working away as a solo artist with 13 albums released. Here’s a great song from his album, Going Somewhere, released in 2005. In this video, the female vocalist singing with him on stage is his wife, Cecilia Noel.

Keep on, Keepin’ On

In March 2017, Colin’s latest album, Fierce Mercy, was released, so he’s out on tour again at 64 years old. After many years of living in the States, he became a U.S. citizen in 2016. It’s good to see an artist continuing their work, even after the glittery fame train has come and gone. To me, it’s proof that the life of an artist is ongoing with or without the spotlight. As proof, here’s a song off his new album that he played at the concert this week. Thank you for all the great tunes over the years, Colin. Good on you, mate!

2 Responses to Mixing it Up

  • Regarding the release of “Going Somewhere” — the sixth solo album by Scottish-Australian singer Colin Hay, this underrated album was first released on 24 Apr 01; learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Going_Somewhere . Historical footnote: Colin arrived at the SJ airport, rented a car & drove to Ben Lomond, CA on Saturday, 5 May 01, in support of “Going Somewhere.” While I forget the name of the venue he played (perhaps no more than 30 people crammed into this small cafe ?), I had the good fortune to have a front row seat directly in front of him > no stage; I was so close to Colin that I could have tripped him up by extending my leg (I didn’t). He took requests and he graciously played a request of mine: “Keep On Walking” from 1992’s master work, “Peaks & Valleys.” A memorable & wonderful concert indeed but also & truly a surreal experience !

  • Marshal, thanks for sharing your current mix. Looking forward to hearing them all and maybe getting to see and hear you play them live! Many thanks for the trip down memory lane with Colin Hay’s work and introducing us to new (to me) talented group – San Miguel. What a marvelous start to my day….

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