In 2005, after decades of conceptualization, Richard Gibbs built Woodshed Recording on the 1.5-acre lot adjacent to his Malibu home. Typically, when musicians enter a recording studio, they are guests of engineers. Gibbs’ goal was to create a space that flipped this paradigm on its head, a space the musician felt was theirs, eliminating any distractions that might prevent them from reaching higher states of creativity and invention.
It is in vain that we say what we feel, for what we feel never resides in what we say, which is ultimately what makes attaining and describing these higher states so elusive. On February 11, 2020, we spent the day in Woodshed Recording with musician Guy Blakeslee and yogi Yancy Scot Schwartz.
Our goal was to capture this feeling—The High—through a syntax other than language, curating a space in which Guy and Yancy could express this through music, movement and meditation. Woodshed was the perfect environment, Satisfy the perfect garb.
The things we can control in pursuit of The High are limited, and The High is never guaranteed. Still, this does not stop us from chasing it.