More pictures, from Day 1 at Decibelle Recording / by Melanie Ida Chopko

I was oddly delighted by talking to everyone via headphones and buttons - I felt like an airplane pilot!

I was oddly delighted by talking to everyone via headphones and buttons - I felt like an airplane pilot!

My new favorite person, engineer Jay Pellicci. So present with such joy, mastery of knobs and sound, and ears to trust.

My new favorite person, engineer Jay Pellicci. So present with such joy, mastery of knobs and sound, and ears to trust.

Us listening as Andrew did some percussion overdubs.

Us listening as Andrew did some percussion overdubs.

One of my favorite moments was listening to Jay giggle through my headphones when Ami showed him my colored marker "charts" to accompany the more traditional lead sheets of written music. This was my original arrangement sketch of the song, which we referenced while we tracked the basics.

One of my favorite moments was listening to Jay giggle through my headphones when Ami showed him my colored marker "charts" to accompany the more traditional lead sheets of written music. This was my original arrangement sketch of the song, which we referenced while we tracked the basics.

Jay and I!

I brought with me two of the talismans that sit at my regular practice space: a sand dollar, which is a symbol for me of my call to be a musician, and this Rilke card reminding me "Ultimately it is on our vulnerability that we depend."

I brought with me two of the talismans that sit at my regular practice space: a sand dollar, which is a symbol for me of my call to be a musician, and this Rilke card reminding me "Ultimately it is on our vulnerability that we depend."