So the day before this annual get together, Dutch was at our home and we struck up a conversation about our love for music. When I say we ‘love music’, we LOVE all kinds of genres. Dutch and I both have a very eclectic taste in music. Before long, we had slipped away to my home recording studio, where my guitar collection covers the walls. I love playing my guitars. As Dutch was admiring the array of instruments, he asked me, “Have you recorded any of your playing?” I responded that indeed I had, and proceeded to select an instrumental track to play for him.
“OK, great, what now?” I thought to myself after I got off the call. “I’ve never written a song with lyrics in my life. If we’re going to do this right, I’m going to need someone to coach me along.” My mind immediately went to my good friend and pro musician, Paul Pesco.
Wow! Paul was in. This was really going to happen. And now that both Dutch and Paul were in, there was NO WAY that I was going to let these guys down. I had to write material for us to record, and I wanted to do my best to make it sound GREAT. The last thing that I wanted was for my friends, family and fans to listen to the finished album and say, “Nice try, Lee, but stick to bodybuilding!” (Note: in my former career, I was an accomplished professional bodybuilder.)
On the first day of recording in the studio, it quickly became obvious to me that this wasn’t Paul’s first rodeo. To say that Paul is a talented and gifted musician is a gross understatement. Paul was everywhere: working with the sound engineers until the levels were perfect on all of the instruments and vocals; pulling me aside and dry running through our vocal harmonies; charting out each song; and pushing both Dutch and I on take after take, until the music was as good as we could make it.
After all of the recording was finished, Paul performed all of the mixing for Eternity at his studio. It was a real eye opener to me to witness the amazing amount of work went into the production of this album. Every song went through at least ten mixing sessions before it reached the mastering stage. It was like watching a musical evolution.