The new album is steadily coming together.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
I took yesterday off from working on music so that I could get some other stuff done. My hope is that when I listen to it now, I'll at least have a little bit more objectivity to work with. If this holds true, then I might consider expanding the time that I step away for the sake of gaining even more perspective. We'll see.
On the other hand, I also don't want to lose momentum. Every once in a while, when I step away from a big project for too long, it becomes difficult to reconnect with it in exactly the same way. While I do complete a vast majority of the projects that I take on, I also have a number of screenplays that just kind of fell apart in the second act, as well as a novel that I started writing about ten years ago, which more or less did the same. (I have since learned the value of outlining and found that this helps considerably.)
If I do it right, though, stepping away from a project for just the right amount of time in order to gain a fresh perspective really can add a whole other dimension to the work. I find that the ability to zoom out like this can also be helpful in separating one's art from one's ego. As with most things, I think that it's about finding the right balance. Sometimes that means knowing when I'm ready for a project and other times that means knowing when a project is ready for me.
As I move forward with this new album, I will try to put each song under a microscope and fix everything that I am capable of fixing within my relatively limited means. After that, I will officially move on to mastering. In the meantime, I'm still working on finding a dayjob, which in many ways, is kind of like a job in itself. It can be rather time-consuming.
Thank you for supporting independent art. If you like what I'm doing, please share my music with your friends and add my songs to your playlists. You can also purchase them, if you feel so inclined. Presently, I have 54 songs available to stream or download wherever you get your music, and I shall be adding another 11 to that total in the very near future.
I do it all for listeners like you (and because I love to write songs). Music is meant to be shared. If a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, DIY recording artist makes an album in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?
Thankfully, people like you are listening.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
I re-recorded two of the guitar tracks in Plastic Flowers. The timing was a little off, but I think that I fixed it. Basically, it was a case of recording a song immediately after I wrote it, but before I could really play it all that well. It's not done yet, but I'm hoping to be almost finished recording and mixing on this one. We'll see.
(I also fixed some issues with the drum track.)
This song is about reimagining the American Dream to adapt to the ever-changing American Reality. You can hear the latest version of it here:
Thanks for listening.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
Sunday, May 2, 2021
I wrote another song this weekend. I laid down the (baritone) bassline, drums and one of the guitar tracks yesterday, and then I wrote lyrics and recorded the other guitar tracks and the vocals today. I'm sure that I'll keep working on it, but I like what I've got so far. I hope you like it, too.
In case you're keeping score, that's six songs in less than four weeks. Also, the title for this one happens to be seven letters, too. I'm not sure what's up with that, other than to say that it probably has something to do with the fact that I used to play a lot of Scrabble.
In any case, here is version number one of Rat Race.
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