I remember going to see a truly bad movie when I was a kid which was a ‘Raiders Of The Lost Arc’ kind of deal. You know the kind of thing – a bunch of ‘intelligent western historians’ travel to some far off land to plunder the burial mound of some ‘uncivilized native’ race and come back home dripping with diamonds and gold. It was all about greed basically. Anyway, in the middle of the film was a sequence which was supposed to represent an endless march across some huge Sahara-like desert. The film-makers created the impression of time passing by making the film go from night to day to night to day over and over in the same shot as the leads plodded across the rolling sands. Well this is what the post-production process has come to feel like for me on this project. My desert has become an endless chain of ADR sessions, edit bays, spotting sessions and transfer rooms. I am sleeping on the floor wherever possible and playing Johnny Guitar Watson as loud as I can in the car to keep myself awake as I drive from Burbank to Santa Monica in the darkness every night. It’s all become a bit of a grind…and then…as I’m waiting for the paint to dry in another darkened room I see a ray of light. I’m surfing the web and find that there is already an unofficial 2gether web-site!
This is a truly great moment for me, like the grizzled actor in his battered kahki shorts, with his water bottle virtually empty after his long trek across the desert, I have found something that reminds me of the joy I get from doing all this work – a fan. 2gether, just a few months back a figment of Mark, Brian and Maggie’s imaginations, are inspiring people. The band appeared on TRL yesterday with Carson and already people are talking. Tonight I got home and there was a copy of the 2gether CD on my doorstep! Maybe the journey across the wastes has been worth it after all.