Turning Minutes Into Years - Recording the Album
It all started when Shawn mentioned to one of his hospice staff that he could no longer record in his favorite place with his favorite sound engineer - Craig Williams from Dr. Caw Recording. First, the studio is down a set of steps. Second, it is 45 minutes away, too far for Shawn to travel.
The solution was simple - "if you can't get to the studio, we'll bring the studio to you," she said. And she then arranged to do just that.
Starting in May and ending in June of 2019, Craig came to Oak Park a total of eight different times for three-hour recording sessions. After trying out a few locations, the kitchen was chosen as the quietest place to record.
One by one they tackled the noises still present: Power to the refrigerator was turned off. Shawn's oxygen concentrator was moved to a bedroom behind a closed door. A blanket was put over top of his potassium pump, another blanket over the computer on the hospital bed that supplies air to the mattress.
After the first two recording sessions, Shawn lost his voice for a week. Typically after a session he'd fall sound asleep as soon as Craig walked out the door..
But you won't hear any of that exhaustion in the recordings themselves. As Shawn is fond of pointing out, adrenaline is a very powerful drug, and it worked its magic during each of the takes to produce a powerful set of songs that gives you a glimpse into his life through his years of battling cancer.
Some days I don’t know how I’m still here