When Bonnie and George make magic, I mean music, together, it’s a real window that opens from past sounds and great concerts from the last forty years and new songs pop through into our future… So perfectly balanced between old trusted vibes and contemporary ideas… So, anyway, when George says “hey, I’d like to put some guitar in a few of those new songs”, you not only say yes please, you say how can we make this happen? In the middle of the Bonnie Raitt world tour how can we do this? And we made it happen! Here’s how it went… It was a really cool day!
We had a studio day reserved in Nashville during a brief time when George was resting up right before the European leg of the tour. We had our two chosen base tracks all started in advance and had collaborated with John and Cliff, of Nashville Studio Live, to pass the songs over the Internet (amazing, technology in action) and had two songs really set for our session. 110 years, and Pushed You Away, the latter being from the perspective opposite the famous Bonnie Raitt vocal “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, since I’ve often felt unable to really feel emotionally available (it comes and goes), and have sometimes had this uncomfortable and painful moment… And the song was born with acoustic guitar and a little bass and drums… George took it to a blues-rock place with some Telecaster twang and some Strat slide, that felt like it was the evolution of the Slipstream sound blended with Cousin John Band… In mid session I realized that I had the PERFECT guy in the studio with me… George could feel where the song was going without me having to explain much at all! It made me realize that alot of what we enjoy in recent Bonnie Raitt albums is George’s guitar magic! And mandolin! Get ready for some sweet mando in our new songs!
Then when we had put all the magic down, George said what else you got? and I pulled out the songbook and looked at new song ideas and we settled on a live-play recording session of Wherever She Goes, a love song about missing someone who’s on the road, someone who is surrounded by fans and followers and magic, but who longs for a night at home…at least we think she does. Semi-autobiographically, it’s my hearts aching to be on the road with her, and at the same time being happy to be home. If you ever waited at home — you’ll like this song, especially after George gave it magic on guitar and mandolin and then a little hand-drum on the back of his acoustic. Amazing. By the end of the day we were laughing and grinning about how unique and how powerful our time in the studio was!
On the drive back home, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I had been playing guitar and singing and writing songs inside a living breathing Bonnie Raitt album!
George brought all the magic of Bonnie’s sound (except her voice and her slidey strat!) into the studio, and i brought my songs! Wow, I am never gonna be the same now that I’ve learned all the secrets of the Bonnie Raitt Band (sorry, I am sworn to secrecy), trust me the album will let you into my world, my music (blended with George Marinelli’s guitar) and my heart…
This is the title track of our soon-to-be-released album, and the video is produced by Jay McMichael of CNN, and includes a tribute/memorial to my late sister, Sarajane Hakopian…
Miss her very much.