Tom McBride

Boston blizzards + Studio Update

29 January 2015

Boston seems to be the center of the news universe these past few days. I managed to make my escape back down to Maryland late last week with about an album’s worth of new material in hand and before this “blizzard for-the-ages” is set to envelop the surrounding region. We shall see what tomorrow brings.

When I hear about Boston and blizzards I think of a photo my mother would show me when I was a kid of her pregnant and looking out a window where the snowbanks piled half-way up the door. It was February in Massachusetts and a moment captured following the historic nor’easter blizzard of 1978. She was pregnant with her third son. A few years later, to my then 6 or 7 year old eyes, this photo documented an otherwise unimaginable amount of snow and as I progressed through childhood, the Blizzard of 78 became a harrowing tale of adventure I loosely associated with my entry into the world. It wasn’t until I was an early teen that I realized every other kid my age and in my class had been a helpless, not-yet-conceived fetus during this exact same period and therefore had no more and no less of a tale of survival of extreme weather conditions than I did. (And I wasn’t born until May!) For the record, and I had to look this up of course, the Blizzard of 78 set a then-record of snowfall with 27.1 inches. This appears to have been broken recently in Boston during the massive nor’easter of 2013. Today, those always so accurate weather prognosticators are predicting a similar level of snowfall. Good luck up there.

Prudential Center

For those who have paid closer attention perhaps, you’ll note this is the second consecutive album I’ve recorded in the Boston area and in fact at the same studio with the same engineer and producer. The recording studio, Dimension Sound Studios (http://dimensionsoundstudios.com) is located in Jamaica Plain, MA and is actually the reincarnation of a classic Boston recording facility of the same name that was open from the 1950′s to the late 1980′s. It had closed down for nearly 2 decades and remained vacant before Dan and his co-owners reimagined it. (George Thorogood tracked a few of his bigger tracks here, along with the John Lee Hooker cover “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”)

Dan Cardinal is one of the owners of the studio and is the principle audio engineer I’ve worked with on making these last two records. Dan and I, along with producer Kimon Kirk, were just back here last week for a few days completing more material for this not-yet-named release. I left Thursday one-step closer to finalizing the rough tracks and moving on to mixing a new record.

I am grateful for all of you who have supported this Pledge Music campaign so far. We have about 1 full week remaining on this fan-and-friend funded campaign and it means the world to be able to return to the studio and spend a bit more time pulling this album together the right way, while knowing that there is demand in place and that I have your support and appreciation in making this record a success.
talk soon,
tcm

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