The Total Eclipse
Wow! That total eclipse was insane, was it not?
I was really lucky in that I got to experience it with my wife, Emily, (who had the day off from school) and my daughter, Addison (who kept threatening to look up without her glasses because she insists on not listening). It was an incredibly unique thing that even my own grandmother never got to experience during her own lifetime.
Truly, I don’t know what I was expecting. All I can say is that I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life. I may never see anything like it again. Though, I admit, I may look into seeing the next one in Arkansas in 2024.
I hope you were able to see it. If you didn’t, and find yourself with an opportunity on the next one, I highly recommend checking it out. You won’t be sorry.
As you may recall, I have a few singles/videos that I’m intending to release in the fall because the album itself won’t be done in time for a release this year. I’m really hoping I don’t have to change my plans on that. For whatever reason, I’m having an extremely difficult time coming up with a vocal melody for two of the songs I have in mind (instrumentals are more or less done), and though I have the melodies for the third (known as “Still No Closer To Tomorrow”), I haven’t got all the lyrics together yet.
This is really frustrating me because I don’t believe I’ve ever found myself in a place where I have the music ready to go but the words aren’t coming out. And if you know me, you are probably well aware of the fact that being without anything to say is hardly me. What’s even more baffling is that I know what I want to say, but apparently I haven’t figured out how to say it or sing it.
As it is, these three songs are all very different from each other. One feels like it came out of 1986, another like a Radiohead homage, and the other like something (surprise surprise) U2 might have done in the 90s.
Wish me luck. Send me some prayers. I want to have some music out to you soon!
Speaking of U2… It seems a few members of their fanclub have been receiving something in the mail that not only appears to be hinting at a forthcoming album release, but a new single as well. And, hey – I got to be one of those few people! How about that? We’re all trying to figure out the details but so far we’re coming up short. I’m excited about new U2, though I will admit I’m holding my breath as I am looking for something a bit more experimental and fresh from them, as opposed to something “safe” like their last decade or so of albums have been. Surprise me!
What’s really cool about these mailings is that at a time where people are trying to drown everyone else out on social media in order to get attention, U2 is sending out random letters. (Which, in turn, are ending up on social media). It’s working! This is a really cool way to create a buzz and something that perhaps I should remember for future use!
The Do-It-Yourself Music Conference
This weekend, August 25th-27th, is the CD Baby DIY Music Conference being held right here in Nashville at the Omni! With my own album forthcoming, I’m really excited about all the things I can learn here, and all the wonderful new people I can meet.
I find it odd that back when I released my first album in 2001, I was on the ground floor of internet indie music releases. Neon Apocalypse came out on the long-defunct MP3.com, which in many ways was a precursor to CD Baby. Now that internet indie scene is well-established and I’m way behind on most of the tricks of the trade. It’s been frustrating playing catch-up, but I know this is what I need to be doing, so I’m not going to give up doing it. I’m hoping this conference can help get me back on the right track.
Wish me luck!
Thoughts And Prayers
If there’s anything you need prayers for, send them along. I’ll be sure to add them to my daily prayers list.
My prayer request is that you keep my former highschool classmate Emily Reed in yours. She’s been sick for over a month now, but appears to be coming around. She’s a tough cookie, but could continue to use all of our prayers to get through what has been a very difficult time for her and her family. Thank you!