Well, I just knew that today was going to be a good one. And, I was not disappointed. Earlier, Candy and I went for our regular walk around the neighborhood with my mom, and the weather could not be any more beautiful. After spending time in New York City, I’ve developed a real appreciation for quiet, and trees, and walking around this area always makes me feel great. If the super pleasant walk wasn’t enough, I just returned from a wonderful meal at the Chick-Fil-A by my house in Virginia, and things could not be any better. Candy and I are taking the day off, as today is our break in between performances with the Jae Sinnett trio. I’ve been spending the day relaxing and listening to music, and Candy’s been walking around with her tug toy in her mouth, offering it to anybody who will look her way. I think we’re both quite satisfied.
As per usual, playing with Jae at the WHRO studios in Norfolk last night was a lot of fun. We played the typical set in front of a decently sized and very appreciative crowd. I have to say, it really makes a difference when folks are paying attention and demonstrating they are into what you are doing! Also, as per usual, Candy stole the show. While on stage, I kept hearing, “Oh, that dog is so cute,” and “she is just so well-behaved” loudly whispered throughout. We’ll be doing it all again tomorrow at the Williamsburg Regional Library and Arts Theatre. It should be a good time. They have an amazing Steinway grand that is tuned just before our show. I can’t tell you how wonderful this is! Having the piano already in place is one thing, but a tuned piano is icing on the cake.
And, of course, I can’t forget the CD! The mixing process is moving along nicely in my opinion. I’m taking my time in the process, as I want it to sound just right. This definitely takes “fresh ears” and patience, as getting the equalization, the positioning of instruments, and creating that perfect sound space takes a great deal of tweaking. I’m scheduling a couple more mixing sessions with my buddy Sean Lango, and once that’s done, I’ll bring it down to Rob Ulsh at Mastersound Studios to get it mastered. We’re hoping to get everything done by early to mid December, but it’s very hard to tell, as things always seem to pop up to complicate the process. We’ll just see. The new goal for the release is January 2010. Keep your fingers crossed! Oh yeah, if I haven’t already mentioned it, the CD will be simply titled, “Introducing Justin Kauflin.” I feel this is fitting as it includes a variety of styles, and represents a wider spectrum of what I’ve been into recently.
Well, it’s time to kick back and let this Chick-Fil-A goodness just sink right in, so until next time, take care and God bless.