And deeply ashamed at the negligence of this website. I promise better attention in the very near future. In the meanwhile, I do have some updates.
Over the past 5 years or so, I have been having these dreams in which songs present themselves to me in completely finished form. I feel they are a gift, or maybe my muse crying out to be heard in the face of my own real world negligence to indulge it. As much as possible, I woke up and dug up my little zoom recorder and scratched out a quick rendition. Other times, I just wrote down what I could about it.
Two years ago, my home studio was pretty much ruined due to a leaky roof. I was lucky that the equipment was not damaged (I had it covered), but I had to gut the place and rebuild it. It was sort of a blessing in disguise, because it is much, much nicer now, with functional windows and climate control. And the mouse shit and squirrel stash is all gone (it's an outbuilding, hard to keep the critters away).
After I put everything back, the first thing I did was plug in the little zoom recorder and, holy shit, I had 12 or 13 song ideas, many of which I had virtually forgotten about. I decided that this experiment was going to go a little differently than in the past. I put my best effort into fully writing all of the songs that seemed worthy of completion before I ever started recording anything. It was fun and took awhile, but now 9 of them are fully fleshed out and ready to be captured.
I've been a bit of a luddite about getting up to speed with the world of modern recording. The last album was done on a Roland VS-1880. It was capable enough, but the tiny LED monitor and bizarre F-key commands became intolerable, so I ponied up for a Macbook with Logic, a Mackie Pro control board, and a Behringer (don't laugh, it's nice) audio interface. I've honestly never been that enthralled with the engineering side of recording, but am getting up to speed now and it's so much nicer with this rig.
So there you have it. I have a working title and song order and am heads down laying down tracks with the time and energy I have to devote to it. More to come. Thanks for listening.