“North Star Steady” is a love song I wrote for Dave during a bout of insomnia, purposefully set to a minimalist keyboard line so that I could focus more on the vocals. Dave’s drum line was rockin’, and I liked that there was breathing room in the song. It worked live. In fact, it was one of my favorites to perform.
But when Dave, engineer Salmak Khaledi, and I were listening to the recording of it in the studio, the song felt incomplete. We ate pizza and drank coffee and listened to it again and again, commenting on how it could use this or that but not landing on anything quite right. Then suddenly, Salmak leapt up, ran over to the Moog, and, within minutes, was playing a killer groove that had all of us dancing. We recorded it then and there.
The “magic of the studio” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, but it’s SO TRUE. Salmak breathed new life into our songs, not just through his bass line but through all of his production choices and mixing edits. It was a real honor to record this album with him and to share it with all y’all.
Now it’s time to get back to it. We’re super excited to work on some new tunes and get those out to you later this year. Be sure to follow The Brooklyn Players Reading Society on all the socials to stay up to date!