Posted: January 30th, 2013 | Author:David | Filed under:post | Comments Off on Los Angeles
My brother Niklas Myhr is a Social Media & Global Marketing Professor at Chapman University in Orange, south of Los Angeles. He invited me over for his birthday backyard party that took place the past weekend. That was great fun of course and always great to meet his family and friends! I entertained his guests a little bit with my newly bought Martin HD28 acoustic guitar and managed to trick many of the guests to do some guest vocals.
Before going home I took the opportunity to hang out a little bit in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. I had the great pleasure of meeting a couple of artist and songwriting colleagues from the “power pop universe”. I had a really nice dinner with the amazing artist Bleu yesterday and after that I hooked up with Brian Wilson percussionist and old friend Nelson Bragg and our mutual friend and very talented painter/illustrator Borja Bonafuente Gonzalo at the legendary Rainbow Room. Today I had lunch with I.P.O. founder David Bash and artist Brandon Schott. Lastly I met up with the great Linus of Hollywood at his studio to talk about our many common influences ranging from ABBA to Jellyfish. All very rewarding meetings and I hope I will be back here sooner rather than later and hopefully be able to enter into some musical adventures with these very gifted writers and producers. Thanks a lot Niklas for inviting me and thanks to everyone I got to meet during these four very intense days!
Now I’m really eager to fly home to be back with my lovely wife Paula and our lovely cat Majsi!
What “a day in the life”! Recording at ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS!!!
I have always loved the Beatles. And I will surely do ’til the day I die. One of the biggest highlights in my “Beatles career” (update: THIS was bigger!!!!) was to be able to spend a day in legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road to record an alternate version of my song “Never Mine” which is the opening track of my debut album Soundshine. Check out the video and continue reading below for full background story.
Since my first visit to London back in 1990 I have never missed the opportunity while in town to visit the famous crossing at Abbey Road. But until 2011 I had never been able to actually enter the building. It was in May when I did it for the first time since I (in a strike of megalomania) had chosen this legendary place for the mastering of Soundshine. Read more about this occasion in this blog post.
Little did I know then that the doors would open for me again only six months later, and this time to RECORD in frickin’ Studio 2!!! Yes, THAT studio…!
I wrote then; “today we’re not here to try to change music history but more to study the process of how music history was made from within the actual room were a big part of it was created. I hope to be able to share the result with you sometime in a not too distant future”. That distant future is NOW! Almost fourteen months later…! The reasons for the delay are many. One being that Thomas Juth who took the initiative (which I will be forever grateful for!) is a highly demanded sound engineer in London and therefore hasn’t been able to find the time to work on the mix from this little “hobby project” (although very close to his heart). Thomas is a really sweet (and also cool) guy who has worked with many great names and I mean GREAT(!). Read more about his impressive track record on his own home page.
However, when I was asked to be part of a free download sampler (yes that’s where you’ll find the song I’m talking about here!) released by the music blog Real Gone (who by the way made a really nice review of Soundshine here) I decided it was time to have a proper mix made. The mix is a combination of Thomas Juths ground work and Soundshine engineer Marcus Black’s fine adjustments.
I really wanted to be able to offer a video clip as well but there was no time and no money (as always…). But then Christmas came I and went to Spain with my wife to spend time with her family. And in between tapas, dinners, family life, and a gig at Festival Alta Fidelidad in Madrid, I finally found some time to take my first, stumbling steps as a video editor using Final Cut Pro X. And with the very little rough material I had from my iPhone standing on a tripod (and a couple of other cell phones in the room) I’ve tried to make a little video documenting this very special moment.
It was really a day in paradise for us Beatle geeks and we spent more than half of the precious ten hours staring at Beatles microphones and Beatles compressor and that kind of stuff. The recording became kind of secondary and something we really did “just for fun”. Considering all this I’m really happy with the final result. It’s obvious that we do not hide our love for the Beatles in the way it’s produced and played. And that’s also my reason for not releasing it on Spotify or iTunes or on CD. As much as I love the Beatles, and to play their songs, I don’t want my own stuff to be TOO Beatlesque and end up being categorized next to The Rutles.
To put even more weight into this occasion I decided to write a little piece of lyrics for this world premiere:
It was fourteen months ago today
Thomas Juth invited me to play
To try to recreate the Beatles style
was guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The song you’ve known for just a year
David Myhr’s “Never Mine” in Abbey Roooooooooooaddd….
Special thanks to Thomas Juth and his brother Fredrik Juth (who played bass and drums) for inviting me to this very special occasion. Thanks also to Michael Bianco, Dyre Gormensen who were part of the recording process. And to Andrew Campbell at Lojinx who co-ordinated the Real Gone release. To Amy Campbell for shooting some nice photos (including the one above) at Abbey Road. And to Henrik Irgens and my wife Paula who also made the day even more pleasant through their sheer presence.
In May 2012 after having released Soundshine I suddenly ran out of new song ideas to try out with my beloved Studio musician’s students at The School of Music in Piteå so instead I had a go at producing an alternate version of the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2012 – “Euphoria” by Loreen. The idea came late at night on that Saturdaywhen she won the contest and the recording was done the following Monday. Here’s a memory from that occasion in form of a shaky video… (Hey there was no budget neither for a proper mix nor a proper video – sorry for any inconveniece caused…). Enjoy!