I want to start off by saying…
…To anyone who has listened to the music / read the blog; has liked it, or shared it, or published it elsewhere. To every new friend that I have made. To those who lent me equipment when mine died. To anyone who has gotten in touch with a question, a story, words of encouragement, or just to connect.
Over the last few months, each and every one of you has made me very, very happy; you’ve rendered, in this process, an incredible and unprecedented joy.
The record is swimming into focus. In just under 4 weeks I get to share it. It is crazy, and beautiful, and real, and pure. It is naked, and heartfelt, and raw, and animal. It sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before.
I love it.
The further I go in this process the more beautiful it becomes for me. I have always loved the glow that comes with creating something new. I have loved the struggle; the constant deepening and peeling away of the layers; the wanton boundless exploration, and the surprise of discovery that comes in the middle. And now I am discovering that I love the hard light that comes at the finishing as well.
After laboring and dancing with these pieces for a year; after entering them again and again and watching them grow; seeing them come into focus in the real world is a rare pleasure. Not one of them is unchanged. They have all deepened, they have all evolved, and they still endlessly fascinate me.
I am constantly surprised at how enjoyable and stress free this last stage of the journey is. I seem to have no problem working every hour I’m awake. I don’t need as much sleep. I can go for a long, long time and not burn out and, most importantly, the work is still a joy to me everyday. Case in point: the other day I started writing a new piece…
I had been working on one of the album tracks and, as it was evolving, a part split off and become something entirely new. Now, it is not really conventional music business wisdom to be starting new pieces 4 weeks before your record is released, ;-) but the fact that I can is one of the myriad advantages of my unconventional setup.
Recently, someone asked me if I wanted to make a million dollars, (not really), or be super-famous, (definitely no). I replied that, all I actually want to do is: create things that I love, and find the people who connect with them.
That’s really what all this is about. It’s super simple.
It’s about making something I love, and sharing it with y’all.
[26 days till release] ;-)
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