In one sense, it seems like a goodly while since I released the album. In reality it’s only been about 3 months. But, if you drive with something in the rearview for 3 months you can end up a powerfully long way away from where you started from.
So where have I been and how far have I come in those 3 months? Well…
In the beginning, I spent a while simply doing music and writing every day for it’s own sake. Going thru the practice with no real goal in mind.
My daily practice is one of the main ways that I process the raw material from the deepening mine that is my life. It breaks things down and cleans me out (in a good way). During this period I was very grateful that I hadn’t booked a tour. The process of finalizing all of the pieces on the album and solidifying my dreams in the digital world was super intense. There is definitely a fruit-like cycle to making art for me. First things are born then they develop and then they ripen. As a corollary I have found that: if I try and force things to develop in any way or if I play them too much then, just like fruit, they can over-ripen and ultimately rot. This is to be avoided. By release, everything had reached a natural place of completion. When it was done, it was fully done.
As an independent artist, I am afforded the freedom to make my own schedule and set my own priorities. Why is this so important? Well, because this freedom allows me to preserve the integrity of the relationships that I have with: what I do and the people who find value in what I do. These relationships are really the #1 priority in my working life.
So, rather than beating the pieces on the album into the ground, or making a massive effort to promote the record I have been Doing Other Things, which have included: connecting one-on-one with the people who have bought, listened to, and genuinely resonated with the music. (If you are one of those people who’ve reached out and connected, then I want to say a huge Thankyou to you. You guys are the reason I do this, you light me up, and you genuinely mean a great deal to me).
So, with all that said you may be wondering: ‘ wait a minute…if he hasn’t been playing the pieces from the album then what has he been playing?’
Glad you asked. ;-) Sometimes, pieces that I’d been developing but that hadn’t ripened by release date. Sometimes, older pieces that resurfaced. And sometimes, brand-new pieces that spontaneously originated from my practice then kept hanging around.
In fact, somewhere around the second month mark, it slowly dawned on me that: when I played these pieces all together they sounded like a really strong set. In fact, they actually sounded kinda like an album. So, I decided to demo them. To state that slightly differently:
I’m currently demoing my second album, (3 months after the release of the first).
Which: A) Seems to have happened by accident, and B) Is 12 types of cool. ;-)
That is not to say that there is any timeframe for a release at this point. At the moment, I’m just going to finish the demo and lock it away in the vault in order to let the pieces marinade in their own juices for however long they need. Time is on my side here and percolation is the watchword.
All this, of course, leads naturally to the final question which is: If I am not touring at the moment, and if the demo will be finished in the next few weeks, then what will I be doing after I finish it? I am here to tell you that the answer to this question is both: phenomenally exciting, and (for now (regrettably)) also: Secret.
But not for long. ;-)
Watch this space for the news. Scan the blog for the clues. And at dawn, on the third day, look to the east.
In my last post I laid down a challenge which stated that: I would give away a pair of albums each time my follower count passed the hundred mark between 3500 and 4000. The Tribe has subsequently grown dramatically (due in no small measure to the folk buying and talking about the music), and I’m pleased to announce that 6 of the 10 albums have been won. They go to:
– Zara Daniela
– Alexander Kennedy
– Fern Mitchell
– James Manila, and
If your name is here, you should have received an email from me with a free download code.
Now, in case you are jonesing to score one of the remaining 4 albums that are up for grabs, don’t worry, there is still time. All you have to do is: keep a weather eye on my follower count, and when it gets near to the next hundred mark (i.e. 3900 and 4000) then pounce on the ‘follow’ button like a jungle cat on amphetamines. ;-)
And lastly: This month I will be depositing the next big donation to VSN (the charity that I support thru sales of the album). So, if you are one of the many people who have bought my album in the last month and a half, then you should feel happy and know that, by purchasing my music, you have helped: house, feed and clothe some orphaned kids that really really need it.
You guys are My Kind of People. You are all beautiful. You know it.
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