Day 17 - New Jerusalem

This morning we finished the first mix of New Jerusalem. It kinda rocked, but I wanted to get a little bit more punch to it, so we put the rhythm guitars a little bit more up. Made a huge difference! The ending of the song was suppose to be a long fade-out, but when we where getting to the end of it, Rich had this cool idea to suddenly stop the music, and continue with the strings only. He made this cool lo-fi delay effect for Ted’s vocal going into the strings only section. Very cool!
At 15:00 Joe Holmes and his vocalist came in, so I moved back upstairs to my little ‘edit room’ to finalize the orchestral outtakes bonus track of the album. I thought of a work title: “HarmaSuite” just for fun, but it looks like that will be the name of that track.
The rest of the day I filled with working at business stuff for my music school, continued this blog, cooked some diner and watched a couple of movies. A good day!

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I am drummer of the Dutch post-prog band Dilemma ( and drummer and founder of the progressive rock/metal band Affector ( a musician I made a name in the progressive rock scene as drummer, bandleader and tour manager of the progressive rock legend Neal Morse (Transatlantic / Flying Colors / ex-Spock’s Beard). With him and a lot of other acts, I toured the world and recorded many best-selling CD's. I own a music studio and label, where I record, produce and release my own music and other bands & artists.Next to being a musician, I am an entrepreneur since the age of 19. I started 4 businesses. My main company is Novae Popschool ( A modern music school with multiple locations throughout The Netherlands.As musician, producer, teacher, author and entrepreneur I work with a mission: "I help musicians create and develop their own musical singularity, through which they will have a more successful and more fulfilling life. It is my mission to contribute to a more socially, loving and caring society through the power of music and modern music education.Rock on!
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