Philippines Recording Workshop

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This Summer I (Chris) had the privilege of traveling to the Philippines to help lead an Internship trip with Students Living a Mission, the student missions branch of Global Outreach Developments International. I’ve been traveling to the Philippines for several years now as a member of the South East Asia regional team for G.O.D. Int’l and each time I go my trips shift more and more from simple observations and the discomfort of a foreign environment to feeling more at home on the field and being able to offer concrete benefit to the people we are privileged to minister to and with. This benefit is explicitly connected to the work that I do here in the States, both my work at Center Street Recording Studios over the last three years and my teaching at The Institute for G.O.D. Int’l for the last three semesters. I was able to utilize both of these skills I’ve been developing in the Philippines this Summer. 

In Tacloban City on the island of Leyte, which was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, I got to join some of our friends from the Philippines and some of our Summer Interns in facilitating a Songwriting and Recording Workshop for the youth at the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth. RRCY is a home for young boys in conflict with the law who are awaiting trial. It is an alternative to prison, but they are still not allowed to leave the premises and have been incarcerated without even receiving a guilty verdict. Some of the young men had been there as long as 8 years, still awaiting trial. My long time friend Richard Gowen, who has done a couple of records with us at Center Street in the States, led the songwriting portion of the workshop, teaching the basics of songwriting and using examples from some of his own original work. My friend Calven Poquiz, who I recorded a single with in the Philippines back in 2013, also shared some of his original music with the youth. We facilitated a time for them to write their own songs and the next day we taught them about the recording process and were able to record over a dozen of their original songs. 

Songwriting is a powerful tool for storytelling in the hands of people whose stories so often go untold. It is a privilege to participate in bringing to life the stories of people who have experienced firsthand the injustice of neglectful incarceration practices. Abroad, as well as here in the States, quality recording is something reserved for those who have the money and the prestige to afford it. That is a paradigm we at Center Street would like to see changed. We don’t just record music because it’s something we like doing, but because it’s something that, if treated properly, can carry a great deal of meaning. The lives of the youth at RRCY are meaningful and they have meaningful things to say from their perspectives. We hope to continue facilitating events like this in both the Philippines and El Salvador. If you would like to partner with us in these efforts feel free to contact us at 615-541-9686 or via e mail (chris@centerstreetrecording.com). Keep an eye on our blog for updates on our work abroad and all of the other wonderful things going on at Center Street Recording Studios.

Center Street Engineers Abroad

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This Summer Center Street engineers Britt Edwards and Chris Cameron are both traveling abroad to work with youth in El Salvador and The Philippines. Britt will be spending 3 weeks in El Salvador where we were able to do our Recording Workshop this past December. While there, with members of the Latin America regional team from Global Outreach Developments International, Britt will assist in leading church groups and S.L.A.M. interns from here in the states in community service for the people of El Salvador while continuing our music education efforts with the youth there. 

Chris Cameron will spend 2 weeks in the Philippines with members from the South East Asia regional team from G.O.D. Int’l, helping to facilitate a group of interns from S.L.A.M. in community service. While in Tacloblan, a city devastated by Typhoon Yolanda just 2 short years ago, he will help to facilitate a Recording Workshop for youth in conflict with the law at a regional rehabilitation center. 

Here at Center Street we recognize that music is a powerful way for people to tell their stories and we are honored to get to help our friends here in the states do that on a daily basis. We also have a heart to see people who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to communicate through the medium of recorded music to tell their valuable stories. We are thankful to be able to participate in such meaningful work and are thankful for all of our faithful clients here in the U.S. who make these kinds of efforts possible for us. Be on the look out for updates from our work in El Salvador and the Philippines.

El Salvador Recording Workshop Recap

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At Center Street we feel blessed to do what we do.  This privilege has come through years of education and opportunity.  We believe it's important to share our education and experience with those who are less fortunate.  In December 2014 we traveled to El Salvador to host a series of music education workshops.  This was an amazing opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of young people in rural El Salvador.  We worked with 30 students and provided a variety of workshops including songwriting, recording, guitar, drums/percussion and vocal training!  On the first day, Center Street Studios' Manager, Britt Edwards, taught 5 students guitar basics and songwriting.  Four of them had never played guitar prior, but they could each play and perform their original song by day’s end.  Studio Director, Jason Roufs, recorded songs performed by workshop participants over the following days.  Music education is a growing passion for the Center Street Studios team. We hope to continue hosting music education workshops in rural settings across the world.

Center Street Music Festival Pictures

It was a great privilege for us to participate with Make Music Nashville in the first annual Make Music Day. We had 10 artists perform on our 3 stages and people from all over Nashville come out to enjoy it. Here are some pictures from the event. We hope you enjoy them and look forward with us to next years Make Music Nashville. 

http://centerstreetrecording.com/musicfestivalpics

Center Street Music Festival

 

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting live music in our studio for Make Music Nashville on June 21st from 4 to 7 pm. We are partnering with The Arts and Center Street and The Amphitheater at Center Street to host 12 bands in 1 place. We'll have local vendors on the grounds with some great food. Be sure to come out an make an evening of it on Saturday, June 21st. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates. Feel free to call us with any questions at 615.541.9686

Shure SM7B

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The Shure SM7B is a staple mic in many studios. You can see us using ours in most of our Live In-Studio videos and it makes it's appearance for vocal tracking in many of our recording sessions. The great thing about the SM7B is that it is relatively inexpensive for a quality microphone, retailing for just $349.00. This mic, like all good mics, performs great in an acoustically treated space. However, since this is a dynamic mic it tends to pick up a lot less of your room if you are trying to record at home or in an unideal environment. It's a great mic to have in your arsenal and if you don't have many mics we'd recommend this as one of the few staples. 

Singer/Songwriter Showcase

We had a great time this past weekend at our first ever Singer/Songwriter Showcase. We had 10 artists come out and perform to compete for free recording time at our studio. The event was hosted by The Arts at Center Street, the venue in the same building as Center Street Recording Studios. It was a night thoroughly enjoyed by all and we look forward to hosting similar events in the future. You can check out some pictures from the night at the link below. 

http://centerstreetrecording.com/singersongwritershowcasepics