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I've had many excellent memories over the last few years, most of which have come from playing in bands. The one that definitely stands out the most is my most recent experience of recording. Professionally recording is a long, hard process that takes a lot of energy and patience. When I recorded with my band, New Tomorrow, we started by creating a layout. As a band, we had a meeting with our recording engineer discussing the quality hat we wanted for our final product. Then we got to work. The first step in recording, of course, is actually recording all of the instrument tracks. First the guitarist and bassist recorded their tracks for all of the songs. After they were totally done, it was my turn to begin recording my drum tracks. This turned out to be about the hardest things I've ever done considering how much different it is to play to what is coming through my headphones compared to playing live.

The first session that I had, I recorded drum tracks for six hours straight and finished two songs. The next session that I had, I put down three songs in thirty minutes. As I got used to playing with the headphones and there was pressure of time against me, I played them perfect the first time. After all of the instrument tracks were completely finished, a large load was taken off our backs because that was one of the toughest steps in the recording process. The next big step was to begin long hours mixing and producing with the recording engineer at the studio. As we began, many things were changed to sound different. There were also quite a few arguments between band members until we achieved the sound that we wanted. As the cd started to sound better with time, I personally became exited about releasing it. After every instrument track was mixed and mastered carefully, it was time for the vocal tracks to be recorded. Surprisingly, it only took a few sessions for our singe to complete his tracks. When the vocal tracks were done with mix downs, everything was mixed in together to two tracks. When we listened to the final mix down with our engineer we were all very exited. When we heard a month of hard work on the cd we were very happy with the quality. Being that it's not a full album, but a five-song cd, it's officially called an "e.p." The songs that are included are "The One," "Suburbian Pyschotica," "Rockstar," "New Tomorrow," and "Too Deep." On Friday, February 1st, we (New Tomorrow) headlined the Bangor VFW club and that night was the official cd release. It sold very good the first night and we've received numerous excellent comments on it. Another great accomplishment so far is that our song, "New Tomorrow," has been played on the radio station, Max 106.3. After three years in and out of bands, I finally have something going for me in the music business and we are beginning to get to get great offers. I hope you enjoyed reading about my most memorable experience and much as I enjoyed writing about it.