New Year, New Studio Journal Concept
Now that we’re in a new year, and I have a lot of work in progress, I’ve decided to do the Studio Journal in a couple of different ways.
The first is that from time to time I’ll just randomly be updating with what’s going on in the studio (or, in a more general way of speaking, with my projects) practically as they happen – something that’s more focused on the experience rather than just being informative.
The second is that from time to time I’ll be giving an update on what projects are in the works, and how those projects appear to be moving along. I call it “On The Burner” and I’m hoping to be able to do this monthly. I like the idea of being able to fill you in on what’s happening, and as it is it also keeps me moving forward and getting things done.
So let’s begin with our first “On The Burner”.
On The Burner – A Work In Progress
On New Year’s Day I released a promotional video for my upcoming album, entitled “A Work In Progress… (Is The Art of Tactful Procrastination)”. If you’ve known me for any length of time you’ll know that for a decade now I’ve been carrying this album title along with me, so I’m excited to finally be moving forward with the whole process. As it happens, the longer this has gone on, the more the title actually makes sense, and the more fun I get to have with it. This video, in particular, was culled together from pieces of footage shot over the past year, entirely on my iPhone using a Super 8 filter to give it that kind of nostalgic, long time ago feel. I haven’t decided yet if that’s a style I’ll be keeping with on the new album, but for this I liked it. This style, and the whole inspiration for the video to be done at all came from this teaser video that U2 did for POP back in 1996. The video was intended exclusively for their record company. Back then, the industry was very different. Though a band of U2’s stature could go off on their own to work on their new album without much interference from the suits, the record company still had a bottom line and needed to know when they could expect a new album and how it was coming along in the meantime. U2 hired a videographer, shot him some quick mixes and let him put it together to send to Island. It’s interesting to hear how songs from that album (released in March 1997) were sounding back in early 1996.
Speaking of, the five song clips you hear on my video are taken from demos that I originally started working on in Fall 2014 (and that, because of all manner of other projects that have come up between then and now, I was never able to fully finish), so they are by no means a finished product, and it’s even possible that what you’re hearing could change drastically by the time the album is released in 2017. There’s a lot of work to do with it. That being said, I’m excited to note that I’m going to be hopping back on that starting this coming week! I recently got my hands on a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, which means that in addition to working at home, I can take my entire recording apparatus mobile, which is something I’m sure I’ll need to do from time to time. I’m also just about through manually transferring some of my guitar tones from my 14 year old Line 6 PodXT to the new Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 I received for my birthday last year, which will make my life a whole lot easier! Right now I have about 12 or so demos I’ve been playing with, with the intention to end up with 12 finished songs. I know for a fact at least 7 of the ones I’m working on right now will be on there, but we’ll see what happens with the others. Usually you start with something closer to 20 and whittle it down to the final product. I’ll have updates on this process, and if you follow me on Facebook you’ll be seeing LIVE broadcasts from the studio as I’m working on it. Bear with me on that because it’s going to be really experimental.
If you haven’t checked out my first ever eBook Operation: Joy – 30 Daily Missions To Inspire Joy In Yourself & Others, please check it out today! I’m already working on a second 30 daily missions eBook, with a third to follow later this year. The end game for that is a full year’s-worth of daily missions, which I intend to publish both in eBook and traditional form (probably in 2018). The next 30 day volume should be coming around about March this year. I’ve got a couple other books I’m working on that will be falling under the Operation: Joy banner, including one about the “Dream Divide” and “Experience Equity” that I hope will tie everything together really well.
Apart from these things and my blogs, these are really the main projects I’m working on. If you stick around, I’ll show you how those things are coming along over the next weeks and months.