Words truly cannot describe what it was like for me to hear real string players playing my music last night.
When something takes so much time to come to fruition, you almost automatically convince yourself that it will never happen. I released The Veil almost three years ago and started writing the music two years before that. Honestly, it took me some time to start believing that I hadn’t just released a record that was completely unplayable. Reworking the string parts into quartet arrangements, producing sheet music, and finding able and willing players took a generous amount of time as well. But last night, I sat in my studio listening to four incredibly talented string players tuning to the A that I had just given them from my acoustic guitar, and thought, “this is really happening.”
What followed was a two-hour run-through of the entire record, start to finish. It quite simply blew my mind. Listening to four people add their own musicality, feeling, and embellishments to the music that I have poured my heart and soul into for so many years was breathtaking. I’ve been trying to recall what my expectations for the night were, but I can’t seem to find them. Maybe I just didn’t let myself have any. But for a first run-through it was nearly flawless. It feels show-ready after just one rehearsal and that is so much more than I could have hoped for.
I forced myself to sit down and write this this morning because since last night I have been quite speechless, allowing myself to enjoy one of my life’s highest peaks and forgetting momentarily that there are valleys out there. But I knew I would enjoy writing about the experience and sharing it with you all, so with that I offer a heartfelt thank you to Maren Haynes, Jenn Glenn, Emily Shih, and Dustin Peskuric for an unforgettable evening, and set off to start looking for venues to book shows.