Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A quick update

I'm sorry this blog has gone to the wayside. I have started dropping a few notes here and there at our band's page on a new journal, so when writing is limited, the off-the-cuff ramblings have to be put on hold.

If you haven't been keeping up with us through facebook or other ways, over the last month we went to Rockport and worked on the music for the new CD, hiding for 3 weeks of work. After that we spent a few weeks up in north Texas, playing a few shows and doing more music preparations. During that time we launched a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to make the CD because, well, you can lead a band to music, but you can't make it record without a little help from paper with presidents on it. Funny how that works. Facing a 3rd year without a CD, despite a change in our band's musical style and a big change in skill level, we realized not having one would really hurt us in the long run. We can only show "what we can do" from 2 1/2 years ago to the world. But we live on the shoestring, so we decided to take a leap of faith and get a little help from our friends and fans.

It worked! We're so excited!

So, this week we're back in the studio! The instrument tracks are almost finished and we'll lay down the vocals in the next few days. The CD will then get mixed over the weekend, mastered sometime next week, then off to the CD manufacturer!

I think this CD project just about killed me though. Last time we made a CD we had the benefit of teachers to help the kids work up solos. That wasn't an option this time so they've been flying solo, which is harder, but it will certainly stretch their musicianship. During the writing of most of the music for the last CD we also had a house and private locations to write/arrange/practice the music. Creating a CD while living full time in a bus, having to work like dogs for scraps to get diesel money to get to the next bunch of scraps, seemed nearly impossible, but God pulled it off.

Ok, lest you think I'm complaining by saying we work like dogs for scraps... I am. Honestly, people think nothing of dropping $12 per person down for 90 minutes of any movie by a big corporation with a pampered star that is thrown in front of them, but drop $2 in a hat for a live music show, then complain about big corporations, how we should support mom and pop shops, and how Hollywood stars are lame. Someday I will write a tasteful and polite article about that, but not tonight, because some great people stepped up in a big way and helped us meet our goal, so we're feelin' the love!

So, that's the last couple of months in a nutshell. I'm too tired to repost the great pictures we just took or write more, so head over to facebook and like our page where I chat a lot more often, or head to our band page and keep up with the new journal. We'll be getting something to make subscribing possible fairly soon too. The design is new and will be a work in progress for the next month or so. I'll try to update here next time I have a moment to have a thought outside of producing this CD, which is still maybe a month away. *Thud*