Recording Project: Keys with Ryan

Yesterday, my friend, Ryan McMillian contributed his excellent piano skills to the recording on 8 of the 12 tunes. I was amazed that we got so much work done! Ryan has a very easy and relaxed style. There’s a kind of patience or peace in his playing. He’s also very solid; he nailed the part on the first or second take. I suspect that his church experience makes him very good at learning changes, form, vibe, etc on the fly. Ryan is the music director for Chesterfield Presbyterian, a graduate of Belmont in Nashville, and he’s got a lot of experience for a young guy including having worked with Michael Card.
Jacob pulled out some cool vintage gear for Ryan to do his magic with. He mostly used a Mark II Rhodes piano and a dusty Wurlitzer that we had to pull the top off of in order to work out a scratchy volume knob. At the end of the session Jacob set up a Clavinet (think Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious”) with a Wah Peddle for “Walk the Talk” which is now also referred to as “Rock the Wah”.
I became quite giddy when we were working on “Greater Is He Who Is In Us” and Jacob dialed up a phaser effect on the Rhodes. As Homer would say, “Mmmmmm…Phaser Rhodes.”
Don’t have any idea what I’m talking about? Here’s some videos to hep you get some idea of the different sounds these keyboards make:

  1. #1 by katiek on September 27, 2008 - 3:26 pm

    Gee Dad, it WAS a Wurlitzer!

  2. #2 by kirk on September 27, 2008 - 7:51 pm

    a-wunda-fall! a-wunda-fall!
    thank you for all your cards and letters you folks out there in television lant.

  3. #3 by Dad Ward on September 28, 2008 - 8:43 am

    I had one of those Rhodes pianos during the 70s and 80s. Can’t wait to hear Ryan’s tracks.

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