Mary Lyn Maiscott

In the Studio

Yesterday I worked on a recording of my song "Madame Olenska" with Nick Miller, of Mercy Studios. Here he is working on the mix; the purple and blue waveforms at the bottom are lead vocals, two takes, and that's the lyric sheet on the board for reference. I kind of wish I could live in the studio; it seems like an enchanted place. A book, of course, can be like that too--"Madame Olenska" was inspired by Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. I loved that book so much I wanted to be in it--specifically, in Madame Olenska's fire-lit parlor in Chelsea, talking to a kindred soul. So that's what I did in my song.