Addie is back at school daycare. We are very lucky – the school where Emily teaches actually has a class where students take care of children, so teachers there get first dibs on having their children taken care of throughout the day. I know it sounds like a terrible idea, but the students all want to be there (it’s not like they’re just thrown in because there wasn’t room for them anywhere else), they have to be accepted, have background checks and go through rigorous training (which is why there is no daycare there the first month), so Addie is in good hands. And at the fraction of the cost of normal daycare. Addie did this last semester too, and it went swimmingly. The kids loved her.
The problem this semester is that apparently Addie is now starting that “separation anxiety” stage. Em dropped her off yesterday and she apparently bawled (Em said that, as a result, she was an emotional wreck too). When she went to visit her like she typically does at mid-day, Addie lost it then too, so Em has, unfortunately, been relegated to “window visitations”, so that Addie doesn’t see her. Em’s obviously upset about it. I probably would be too if it was me that was there experiencing it. As it is, whenever I dropped Addie off at the babysitter and left over the course of this past month, she didn’t seem to have any problems. I’m not sure if today was the day she decided to start having them or if there are other elements at play. But, I’m sure it’s a phase that will pass.
I feel like I’m getting behind with all my music stuff. I know I’ve asked for trouble by trying to put this Lemonymous re-release together in the middle of working on an album, but in all honesty, I feel it’s the right time for it. Plus, until I can find a space where I can essentially go in and work on the new album at all hours of the late night and early morning, I don’t see myself getting very far on the new album – there’s just too many distractions at home and it’s hard to concentrate. At least with Lemonymous, I’m just mixing, not creating, so that’s something I can do at home, even in the wee hours of the night. And I probably will. Kind of like the old Neon Apocalypse days when I would go to the music lab at 10PM and be there til 4 or 5 AM. I kind of miss that actually.
I still have the pitch video to produce, and I don’t know where I’m going to find the space to do that. I’d LOVE to do something like a “Making of” video… or in the very least a sort of story behind the songs kind of thing. I know I’ve already decided I want to make some music videos for it so I have to figure that out too. I think I have an idea for “So Can’t I” that would really fit it. And I think I want to do videos for “Like A Dream”, “My Girl, My Love, Let’s Kiss” and the slow version of “Reverse Psychology” that I’m planning for Lemonymix. Beyond that I think maybe I can get some other people to do some little artsy things… like “what does this song do for you and if you made a video for it what would it look like?” That might be a fun way of getting some more content out there for that.
I don’t think remixing will be that insane. I remember when I did Lemonymous [Special Edition] the first big hurdle was getting each track from each song pulled out of Cool Edit Pro (much like I’m doing with Neon Apocalypse now in preparation for next year) and into Logic. Then it was on to mixing, which entailed learning a new program I’d never used before. I think the process lasted through the spring into June of 2009 if I remember correctly. But now I have all the songs on DVDs, so I just have to copy them off onto the computer, and they’ll be sitting at the mixes they were when I left them, so they’ll just require some special tweaks. That may still take a little time, but I don’t think it will be that horrendous. The big work I think will come in mastering them, as they definitely need more power and volume. I think I’ve learned enough in the past few years to at least make their mastering sounds better, even if not perfect.
I’m really looking forward to having this ideal version of that album done. But don’t worry, I won’t be adding that extra track that was dropped from the sessions – the one featuring Jabba and Han Solo. I know better.