The San Francisco Sessions - Back again 6th Feb 2016
After almost exactly a year, I’m back in San Francisco for another session. To record enough songs to make up an album.
So much is just the same as last time. Studio, band (thank goodness), same branch to crack my skull on in the garden, even the same person at the baggage drop off. The city still beautiful and fascinating – though it smells more of stale beer than before, thanks to the Superbowl.
But in one important way, the whole thing is completely transformed. This time last year I might have been about to find out I’d made an embarrassing mistake. A dream come true, sure. But I used to dream about playing in the FA Cup final for Leeds Utd. Imagine that actually happening – but you had no more ability than before your Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand. Your idol slips you a perfect pass and you shank it into your own net!
Well, I didn’t shank it last time. It’s turning into something truly worthwhile. How good? We’re about to find out.