Love Is The Spirit Of Life

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Two songs, one laptop, 45 minutes and a mountain.

The lead guitar melodies and solos to Illumine My Inner Being and Love Is The Spirit Of Life were recorded together, in less than an hour, while my wife (Irina) and I were on vacation in Mammoth Lakes, California for our 20th anniversary. The only thing on our schedule that was cast in stone was a 45 minute conference call that she had to make. I had already recorded pretty exciting demos of both tunes, so I had no reservations about playing "keeper" parts over unfinished rhythm tracks. I was pretty excited to record these tunes because they had been swimming around in my head for several weeks, and I was dying to get them out. Interestingly, the intro fingerpicked part to Spirit was recorded several years earlier on a Tele as a quick sketch of an idea. I finally found a home for it! I brought along a laptop, a DI/Reamp box and a Tom Anderson Cobra Special (like a Les Paul TV Special with P90 pickups) and played the lead guitar lines directly into Pro Tools, monitoring my performance through an entry level amp simulator plug-in. Both performances were completed and the "studio" was disassembled and returned to my backpack by the time Irina finished her call.

When I made it home to Southern California, I opened up the laptop and reamped the songs through a couple different amplifiers. Jaben Pennell replaced my demo drums with live drums, and Sammy Martinez replaced my demo bass on Spirit. I wish recording original material was always so easy!

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from Marchesano, released March 8, 2015
Guitars, Mellotron: Michael James
Hammond B3: David Zeman
Bass: Sam Martinez
Drums: Jaben Pennell
Percussion: Scotty Kormos
Additional Acoustic Guitar: Urban Olsson
Additional Acoustic Guitar: Dave Sherman

Produced & Mixed by Michael James. Co-produced by David Kahne and Urban Olsson.
Written by Michael James.
© 2015 Marchesano Music admin. by Bug Music (ASCAP).
℗ © 2015 Alternator Records LLC. All rights reserved.

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Michael James Simi Valley, California

• Producer.Mixer.Engineer.Songwriter.Guitarist
• Gold & Platinum Records
• Discography includes New Radicals, Hole, Far, Robben Ford, L7, Edwin McCain, Chicago, Reverend Horton Heat, A.J. Croce, Butterfly Boucher, Jane's Addiction, Maia Sharp, Too Much Joy, Kalimba, Mario Guerrero and Jawbreaker.
• Former Warner/Discovery head of A&R & Producer, trained by WEA founder Jac Holzman.
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