5/22/08

Keepin' On

Man...there's an endless amount of work to be done. That's a good thing!

I'm doing what I can to get the word out about the new record. I try to post something on a new site every day, make posters, book a show, etc., etc. There's always something else to be done. A couple of nights ago I stayed up until 5 am with my buddy John Shipe, mixing his new record. So it goes.

I was thinking about the workload; wondering how it might translate into a more viable music career, wondering if I'm spending enough time doing the right things...it dawned on me (again) that I am lucky to have so much on my plate...I get to play music with great people quite often, and I only occasionally have to do non-music related work for money. Not too shabby!

Point is, it's all about spending time doing what you love. Yes, it's a cliche, but it's true.

I'm going to walk the dog now.

5/17/08

Seasons

Ahhh...the first hint of summer. Oregon winters are long. True, I spent this winter in Los Angeles going for runs at the beach and buying fruit at the farmer's markets...still, I've been in Eugene since February and it has been gray, gray, gray.

The emergence of the sun seems like a metaphor. There is a changing of seasons for me...the process of making a record is long and in most cases everyone is ready for it to be done before it's actually complete. I feel a distinct sense of relief...like the first day of hot weather.

Now I can move on to other things. I'll be booking shows, sending the record out for reviews, trying to get it on radio and tv, etc. It's exciting to start a new phase of the project. I have no idea what it will bring, how far it will reach, what to expect...I guess I'm just glad to have made an addition to the body of work, and to have a chance to give it a push.

I'm going camping.

5/14/08

And now...

Okay...the record is done. Wow.

Almost a year ago I started work on a new record. My plan was to do everything myself as I had on the EP. I didn't really want to do it that way...I just didn't see many options. After a month or so of writing and recording, I was not excited by the results. I got anxious...it felt very important to me to improve upon my last effort and I wasn't quite hitting the mark. I decided to ask around a bit and see if I could find someone to come on board and produce the record. Zac Rae offered his services and I said 'yes, please'.

Zac has a great studio in Burbank, CA. The plan was to work there whenever he had a break from the rest of his busy schedule. I decided that it would make more sense to just move to LA than to travel back and forth for months and months. I moved.

Zac put together a band to play on the record. I was a little hesitant at first; I wasn't sure that slick LA session players would get the right feeling across. Zac said 'they're great'. Man...they really are. Blair Sinta and Sean Hurley (drums and bass, respectively) came in for two days and recorded all of their parts. 11 songs, two days. They hadn't ever heard the songs before. They really, really sounded great. David Immergluck came in for one day and played pedal steel, mandolin and dobro on half of the record. Excellent. Mike Farrell came for an afternoon and played accordion on a couple of tunes. Nice. Alexis Stevens sang on two of the songs and sounded great.

Then Zac and I went to work, chipping away at the record here and there over the course of the next few months. All in all, I'd say the album took 21 days, give or take a few, to record.

It was great...Zac worked extremely hard and kept his eye on the ball the whole time. He's a pro.

The result is 'Ten Cent Souvenir'. I am very happy with it...I've heard it over and over again and it still holds up. I wouldn't change much at all.

So, I'll start the process of getting the word out. I'll play shows, send it off for reviews, try to get it on the radio, etc. Hopefully it will find its way to the surface somewhere, somehow. We'll see!