September. Oh, how I love you. Usually. New television, sweet Fall smells, the end of some things that lead into the beginning of the new… But let me tell you, it never fails – I almost always get some kind of sick in September. This time around was no different. In fact, September, I think it’s time we had a little chat.
Here’s where this past month has got me.
I’m getting really close to finishing up work on all the blogs. I’ve removed the album and other reviews from the News section and put them in their own. I have done some reformatting on a couple things, cleaned up the Thank You areas and am generally getting myself to a place where not only can I move to cleaning up the pages, but I can also free up some space and time to start planning and implementing the look for the new album era.
I’ve also gotten back into doing video updates, and have thus revived both The Video Journal and In The Studio as Facebook Live ideas (so please get on my Facebook if you want to see them). Anything I do there will work its way to YouTube and thus be embedded on the afore-linked pages. I am excited to see what I can do with this.
The Art of Tactful Procrastination
The good news first: Apart from a couple parts on one song that I have to redo because the ones I’ve already done just aren’t jelling, the music on this album is pretty much done! Wooooooot! I’ve also come to the conclusion that this isn’t going to be a 12 song album as planned – it’s going to be 11 songs. It’s not that I don’t have more material to work with. I’d almost argue I may have too much. Trying to find that last little piece to make it 12 tracks for the sake of having 12 tracks just doesn’t make sense to me. Musically, sonically, the dots on this album connect and it’s well-rounded, and surprising. I’m ready to leave it at that.
The bad news: I wanted this month’s On The Burner to be the first time you’d get to hear a snippet of the new single. Alas, while the music is pretty much there, the lyrics most definitely are not. I know what I want to say – I know what this album is about – but the words aren’t coming together like I would have expected. I’m in one of those areas where I want to give myself due dates that are firm because I tend to perform better that way, however, I also want to give myself the room to breathe so that I can get anything to come out of me at all.
There’s a silver lining though. As I was coming out of the daycare with my daughter on Monday evening, my head wrapped around how terribly the lyrics are coming, a mother was leading her daughter out of the building in front of us. The mother said to her daughter, “watch out for that door, Scarlet Dawn, come on, let’s go!” Scarlet Dawn was the name of my second album. You might take that as you wish, but I take that as God saying “get out of your own way, move forward. It’ll come.”
That being said, my look and style, as well as the album’s, are all starting together. It’s not happening in the time frame I’d like, but I’d rather take my time, make it and the promotion behind it worth that time, than to rush it for the sake of getting it out on a timeframe that is otherwise completely arbitrary.
Keep your eyes peeled. Like the new logo you see on the website, things are going to be coming up and changing around fast. Pieces of what’s coming will be appearing randomly. Stick around. Even with no album to speak of yet, things are still going to get interesting.
And, seriously, I’m going to need your help getting this stuff out there.
Building A Team
Which brings me to this point. I need a team. As I mentioned last month, the main thing I’m going to be doing with my single releases is attempting to build buzz as well as a larger mail list by offering songs for free. At least up until the release of the album. I want people to hear them, enjoy them, and follow along. I need your help to make that happen. So if you’re big on social media, have lots of friends and think you might be able to help, please contact me if you want to be a part of that process. I plan on having at least a couple team heads with more team members underneath them.
Part of that team building has to do with me sending out songs for feedback as they’re finished, or nearly finished. I need to have a good sampling of what people think the music sounds like. As well as generally ensure that I haven’t screwed up something in the mix or the tuning somewhere. I’ll need other ears besides my own for that. So, again, please contact me if that’s something you’re interested in.
I’m not of the belief that I can do this alone. I need your help. And because I have little to offer at the moment, I’m specifically trying to find ways that create maximum impact with little individual effort (like the social media stuff).