I’ve recorded Mr. Nimoy and his wonderful voice! First
time was when he was doing Stavinsky’s “A Soldier’s
Tale,” in 2003. It was a great piece with just an octet
and narrator. It was the story of Faust, a story re-written
by Charlie Daniels in “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
It’s a tricky piece with a lot of odd time meters and
changes. Rehearsal was interesting, to say the least.
he came in for rehearsal, I had to set up his vocal mic and improvise
a split between the PA and the recording console. I nearly didn’t
pull that off with what was available at the hall at the time. The
next time I recorded him there, I was far more prepared with a splitter.
to set up his mic and asked him if he’d be willing to talk
into it at a certain angle to avoid feedback. He asked why and I
explained the acoustics behind it. Turning to him afterwards to
see if I had perhaps blinded him with science, his reply was, “Fascinating!”
last line of “Soldiers” is now one of my favorite quotes.
Picture, if you will, Mr. Nimoy saying at the end of a very sad
story of a man who got greedy and lost everything to the Devil when
he should have been content with what he had:
happy thing is every happy thing. No one can have it all. It is
time was in 2005 when he was doing the Beethoven piece, “Egmont.”
It’s a larger piece, with a larger ensemble, but nowhere near
as cool as the Stravinsky. Some good moments though. He says “Riding”
about a thousand times in it.
time I was with my dear friend, Ray Silva, who assisted on the
recording setup, took the photos and was able to tell Mr. Nimoy
that he works on the same sound stage where Star Trek was shot.
That was very nice. During a break, Mr. Nimoy signed some autographs
for members of the ensemble which was also very nice of him.
This is where I got my copy of the Spock album signed.
he lives in Tahoe, I’m considering hiring him to do my answering
machine outgoing message. That’s probably all I’ll be
able to afford. Perhaps a V.O. for a solo album one day! That would