-I guess I’m starting the next project. It’ll be stripped a lot further down.
Jeez. The logistical aspects of producing a finished product are so much more tiring than the composing or recording. I’m so tired.
I recently did a couple of gigs in South Dakota, and a couple more in New York City. Travel was overdue, and it was interesting to update my perspective with regard to not only my work in music, but my place in this country.
As an American, I’m always fascinated as I observe the land forms, vegetation, and citizens on a day-to-day-basis. There’s just such vitality, whether on a slammed freeway in Manhattan or in an Iowa pasture.
As a working musician, I need to stay flexible, ready for changes of schedule or plan. It’s part of the fun. On this trip, I was met by helpful, even kind people who facilitated each show. The audiences were great, as well, and their enthusiastic responses gave me a sense of relief. After all, I depend on them to keep this going. Thanks, everyone.
Tracking is finished for the new record. Just nine songs. Why? Because.
Working at Loveland studio has been quite a great time. This process has been a much-needed wakeup.
At first, I envisioned the record as just a collection of songs with myself singing and playing guitar as I normally would in a live situation. Problem was, I kept thinking, “well, THIS song could use some baritone, THAT one could use some guit-jo and electric piano…” So, now I’m adding instruments. This means I have to make up the parts in the studio. It’s been years since I’ve made an album, and the songs are getting their own personalities.
Working in the studio is disturbing mental muscles I didn’t know I had. Achieving a state of relaxed concentration is a lot of work in and of itself. Just when the mind is finally waking up, the session’s over.
Is it not better to make new music every time? I challenge myself to make the songs “anew” every time I get a chance to play them. This is partly due to the fact that I get bored fairly quickly, and also that I couldn’t duplicate any given version if a gun were put to my head.