One Song Is A Slow Month
I’m disappointed that I had a slow month recording my new album. Finishing up what I was doing on “Still No Closer To Tomorrow” took me just a tiny bit into February, so I was already slightly behind. And it didn’t help that it was the shortest month of the year.
That said, the title track to the forthcoming The Art of Tactful Procrastination has really come along. As of this writing the instrumentals are mainly done. I say “mainly” because there are still some things I need to fix. I can’t tell if it’s a consistent tuning issue or something I can fix in the mixing process later on.
That gets me to another little bit of my recording process. As I mentioned in a previous article, after I’ve finished the instrumentals on a song, I’ll let it sit as I work on backing tracks and music for others. Once I’ve recorded the other songs, I’ll come back and start cutting and moving things around in preparation for mixing.
I keep most of the performances, which I’ve tried to play to perfection anyway. But in places where I, at this point, don’t believe certain parts hold up performance-wise, I may replace them with better-performed versions of the same parts. So, for instance, I may have a guitar played better in one chorus than the other. If so, I may entirely remove the inferior performance, and replace it with the better one.
If, after mixing, I’m not impressed with how a part sounds, I’ll perform and record it all over again. Sometimes it’s the performance, sometimes it’s tuning, and sometimes it’s sonic quality. I suspect that will happen for this track with one of the guitars. But we’ll see. I’m not excited to have that waiting for me later on. On the other hand, I need to move onto other things.
Those other things include the fourth song on my recording schedule, a tune I’m currently calling “Bleeding Heart”. It’s dark, very rock/pop but with a lot of dance and techno elements. And it has a real bite and sting to it. As I’ve been working on these other songs I’ve also been pulling together some lyrics for this one. I think I’m getting close to having the essence nailed. I’m looking forward to digging into this track.
And the sooner I can dig in, the better. I feel like I’m a little behind now, and I really don’t need something that feels like (or is) another slow month.
Operation: Joy – 2nd Edition
It was a slow month for Operation: Joy as well. I handed over to Emily the latest version of the second edition edit earlier in February. Unfortunately, her schedule was such that she wasn’t able to touch it until the middle of the month. That being said, she managed to get it done within the last week of February, which I appreciate! So now it’s up to me to take the edit list and make some changes.
I’m not as far ahead with this as I wanted to be. I wanted to get this second edition out this month – and I may still – but I have a new logo to create before I do. The idea is to update the art to match better with the theme. I’ll do that once the text and layout is ready for Amazon. It’s another thing that will hold this release back, but it will be very much worth it.
The Dream Divide
The Dream Divide was also met with a slow month.
I had a lot planned for this. In fact, I wanted to have a draft completed by the time Emily’s other edits were done. I would have then simply handed this over next. Unfortunately, writer’s block struck as I dove into the penultimate chapter of the book. I largely got through it, but I’m not where I want to be. I still have much to do before it’s finished off. And that may include some secondary downloads like worksheets and guides to go with it. I’m hoping with some time and focus I can get an edit complete for Emily to look at by end of March.
There’s some genuinely good news despite the slow month!
If you’re a Mail List subscriber, by now you’ve received the invite to check out my Patreon page! It’s finally up and live, but there are still some things I need to tidy up and streamline. So if you’ve been invited, please check it out and offer your feedback. Your help is very important and appreciated!
I’m in the process of recording a welcome and thank you video, and just a couple days ago recorded the voiceover for it. The rest shouldn’t be hard to put together. It’s just a matter of cutting through the clutter of the day and having the time to edit it.
At that point, the next step will be to invite friends, family, and social media folks! So keep your eyes peeled for that. I’m excited to get to that next launch phase!
This month wasn’t as productive as I would have liked. Both myself and my daughter celebrated birthdays (within a week of each other) and I think that contributed to the slow pace. Birthdays and holidays are always big events around here. We need to learn not to get carried away with them.
Or we just need to be grateful for the fact that we are alive, have each other, are loved, and are still getting things done even if it’s not all happening as quickly as we’d like.