Just finished writing the music for Cobb Field. That’s a huge step. It’s the hardest part for me-I’m not sure why. I did things a bit differently this time. I usually put in temporary stuff while I’m editing, stuff from other shows we’ve done. Once all the editing is done, I start from scratch on the music.
This time I wrote sketches as we went along. Probably 80% of the music was at least thought out by the time the editing was complete, so that made the composing process a lot easier. Tell you what, though, by the time I wrote the last cue on Monday, I felt just about dried up. The last one was only about a minute long, but it was a chore.
I met with Gregg Lohman, a former student and tremendous musician, and he and his band mates are all ready to record the score in Nashville. They all play for the country singer Kellie Pickler, so we’ll have to work around their touring schedule.
The process by which we’ll cut the tracks is amazing to me. When I first started working in recording studios, everything was done on tape, the reverb was a spring unit in a tiled bathroom, and we constantly had to make decisions about combining things so that we didn’t exceed the number of tracks we had available.
Now, I’ll do what’s called “bouncing”, exporting tracks from my computer to a program called ProTools. I’ll take those files to Nashville on a cd, we’ll import them into their computer, and the guys will play along. We’ll bring the tracks back here to do the mixing. It’s just amazing to me that we’re no longer limited to a certain number of tracks, that reverb is a software plug in that’s available on any sort of computer, and the whole software package can be had for less than $500. Twenty years ago the stuff you get for that would have cost well over $100,000.
We’re also working on making sure we have all the proper paperwork for the documentary. We have to have signed releases for everyone who speaks in the show, releases for every photograph and bit of archival footage, licenses from MLB, MiLB, the NBA, and who knows else. Thank heavens we have a wonderful attorney, Matt Earley. I don’t even understand what we’re asking for in those areas, so we’re very, very grateful to have someone like Matt to look out for us.