How To (Im)Properly Take On Many Things
Okay, look, I get it: I’m running a little behind. I’m not getting things done in the speedy, efficient and consistent manner that I was promising.
I’m actually not telling you that, I’m telling myself that. Because I haven’t been as focused on this album and demo work as I would have liked to have been.
See, my original plan was to have demos done and a good sense of what was to come by the beginning of 2015. I’m not saying that isn’t going to happen, but I’ve had to work around some other things whilst attempting to move forward.
Thing 1: I’ve been very busy of late working as a First Assistant Director at LBD Studios, particularly on the feature film The Body Sculptor, which stars Terry Kiser and Tiny Lister. But, with the Holidays coming, that should start to wind down and I may have more availability for other things.
Thing 2: I’m finishing up the major bulk of editing on Emily Steele’s first short film script Are You Listening, which features Direction from one of our long-time collaborators Kenneth Garner, music from James Shiveley, and starring Jonathan Everett and Dean Kostlich (who both gave insanely amazing performances!) We are aiming this at the festival circuit so, along with everything else, we will be busy next year touring this thing around (fingers crossed). I realize I’m probably biased but I believe Emily to be an incredible writer – her star is going to rise next year, and I think film people in the Nashville area are already taking notice! In any event, I don’t have much left to do on this edit. But expect a trailer for it soon!
Thing 3: Baby. As if.
And I’m sure there’s other little Things here as well, but they’d be too numerous to recall. Nonetheless, they add up.
But it’s not like I haven’t been doing anything to forward my music career. In fact, I’ve been on top of lots of stuff!
Stuff 1: I am still demoing, but it’s a slower process than I had expected it to be (what with all the Things above). Again, now that a few of those Things are winding down I’ll be able to focus more on this and give more consistent updates. I still want to have a good amount of demos done by January 1, we’ll just have to wait and see if it’s enough to move into album proper. I do know that as a result of all the above Things, I won’t be able to form my backup band as soon as I had hoped, so I may not get to play out til late summer (rather than late Spring, as had been planned). Regardless, I still plan to have behind-the-scenes stuff and Studio Journals aplenty come the beginning of next year. So just be patient. (Again, that was more for me than you!)
Stuff 2: Believe it or not, though I just complained about not having time to get a band together yet, I have been using some time to start production and recording on acoustic renditions of most of my previous material. My intention is to first get them up on SoundCloud as exclusives through Hearsay, and then eventually release them on one or more collections down the road. In many ways I feel like something is owed since putting the album together is taking longer than I’d promised. Hopefully these will be nice, fun little gifts now and then.
Stuff 3: Emily and I are wrapping up ideas for a music video for “Believe“. We had originally intended to do a completely different video for it last year, but just didn’t have the time to do what we idealized. As it turns out, Emily had asked me to include a song for the end credits of the above-referenced Are You Listening, which I had wanted to be one of my new songs. But, since new songs aren’t yet fully formed and we’re hitting festival deadlines, I decided to include “Believe” instead. In keeping with the themes of Are You Listening, we have a completely different and easier idea to run with. Expect to see that, hopefully, very soon!
Stuff 4: You may have seen the news articles regarding a tentative agreement with a new manager (David Brewington) as well as a producer for this new album (James Shiveley). I feel really positive about both of these choices and I can’t wait to make official agreements in early 2015. Both of these guys really believe in what I’m doing and I think we’re already very much on the same page and understanding what it is I’m trying to do. With their help I know I can get there.
So stay tuned! Things are moving forward! Thank you so much for your support and, as always, please spread the word!