Reaching The End Is The Start of A New Phase
It’s been a busy couple of weeks.
First, I was happily surprised to see an article in The Watertown Daily Times (I’m from the Northern New York area, near Canton) by Chris Brock that talked about the new Lemonymous 10th Anniversary reissue and its companion remix CD Lemonymix. (I knew it was coming because I had contacted them about doing it, but I hadn’t expected it so quickly). I was even more surprised by the many comments and personal messages and emails of support and congratulations from not only friends I have down here, but from friends I haven’t seen in eons back north. I can’t thank you all enough for your kind words and support and I genuinely hope you know that they mean the world to me. This journey is not an easy one to take on alone – it takes the support and belief of those around you to keep moving forward. It’s hard to explain but it really takes a heavy weight off of one’s back.
The same day the article came out, my mother and brother came down (from Northern New York and Hartford, Connecticut, respectively) for a week-long visit. It was wonderful having them down, and while spending time with them meant that I didn’t get much work done (and with so little time left before the releases), it was a break I sorely needed, and I was happy to put it down for a week and spend time with the family. It was rather bittersweet when they left as I know I won’t see them again until Christmas (and I may not see my brother until sometime next year).
After they left on the 5th I was right back to work. I spent a good deal of last week going through some documentation I have on the best publications, blogs, radio stations and podcasts to go after for blurbs or mentions, which I intend to spend this week actually contacting after I’ve whittled them down, and I finished programming and sequencing the 7th (of what I hope to be about 10) song for live performance next spring. That song is “Weak”, from my 2001 album Neon Apocalypse. Getting the song ready for live work meant going through and cleaning it up and remixing it, much like I’d be doing for the 15th anniversary reissue of that album next year, so I actually killed two birds with one stone by getting this out of the way.
The best news is that Lemonymix was finally sent up for production on the 29th of August, and I expect to have the hard copies in my hands early this week. So those of you who have been waiting patiently on your pre-orders (I’m so sorry) will have those things in your hands soon!
Speaking of pre-orders – Lemonymous is available NOW for iTunes preorder! When you order you get an instant gratification download of “So Can’t I”. For Lemonymix, this should be available September 22, and I believe the instant gratification track will be “Manipulation Under Stress (Lemonymix)”. So look forward to those two things happening.
I’m in the midst of filming and editing a music video for “Reverse Psychology (Alternate Lemonymix)”, so hopefully that will see the light of day before the end of the month.
And I intend to have a full “How’d He Do That” regarding the production (or reproduction, as it were) of the 10th Anniversary fundraising campaigns and the actual remixing and mastering of the project starting before the end of the month, so you can get a sort of behind-the-scenes feel of how that whole thing came about.