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Vanessa Parr On World Cafe

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    Vanessa Parr on World Cafe Vanessa Parr is not a recording artist, but she's put her magic touch on music by Elton John, Lucinda Williams, and John Mayer, to name a few – She's a recording engineer, often the unsung hero in the process of making music, and today we'll hear her stories. Vanessa joins host Talia Schlanger to share what she's learned in the studio, like: what do you do when musicians bicker during a recording session, and how do you help when an artist gets creatively stuck? We'll also hear about her experience working alongside legendary producer, T Bone Burnett. It's a day in the life of the recording engineer, with Vanessa Parr, on the next World Cafe.
The seasoned engineer behind hits from Lucinda Williams and Rhiannon Giddens gives fans a look on the other side of the glass.
Normally when a guest sits down for a World Cafe interview, our producers or I help them adjust their microphone to the correct distance and angle. And if a piece of technology is misbehaving, we'll sort it out and hopefully our guest will be none the wiser. Not Vanessa Parr. On the day she visited the World Cafe studio, Parr couldn't resist adjusting her own mic to absolute perfection and helping us troubleshoot some finicky recording software. Call it an occupational hazard for someone who is used to making other people sound their very best day in and day out.

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