As a former music major, classical music is emotionally overwhelming for me. So naturally my experience is spoiled when a performance is interrupted by a cell phone ringing or someone unwrapping candy.
What do you do when you have spent nearly the last half century touring the world and you want to put out a new album? If you are the seminal band Chicago, you develop possibly the most advanced mobile recording studio ever created.
Throughout this project, people have been asking me questions, and this series of articles will be a good way to answer some of them. Questions like, "How did you get the idea to do 12 comedy albums? Is this a stunt?"
At a recent concert where I played, a young man in the second row filmed my entire performance on his smartphone. I stared at him with my best, "seriously?" look. This is how I make my living, and recording a performance changes the economics.