Here is the first installment of the Thumbnail Sketch 12x2011 project. If all goes according to plan there will be a new track produced for each month of 2011. The idea is that after starting on a track in a given month, the deadline to finish writing, recording, and mixing the track is at the end of that month. Once the month is over the track is done and published.
Work on Give & Take actually started at the end of 2010, though a good bit of recording and mixing was done in January. This mix was finished on January 31st around 11:00pm. Talk about cutting it to the wire. Give & Take features Mark Walker Jr., Jay Brasfield, and the venerable Joe MacKenzie on backup vocals. Diamond Joe provided immeasurable help on this song with backup vocal arrangements.