After three days of driving, I am finally in Vermont! And though I am tired, I’ve managed a somewhat unusual but ceremonious ritual upon arrival: a dinner of New England clam chowder and a couple of Long Trail Ales. I know, it’s so New England-y, but how else do I physically and emotionally prepare myself for the rigors of studio recording in the days ahead? When in New England, do as New Englanders do, right? Anyway, studies have found that beer can reduce the levels of stress inducing compounds that build up in the body after hours and hours of incessant driving. Yes, and the researchers have pointed to this particular beer and chowder combination, since they work synergistically, as the most adequate for maintaining the overall sound and quality of studio recordings. Can we agree that there is a movement towards authentic, locally produced foods, driven in part by a yearning for authenticity and community? So there it is, my recipe for success in the Southview Arts recording studio. Maybe I should get some sleep……..