What began as the “May EP Challenge” became just the “EP”. That’s OK, because that challenge got me pumped up to actually start working on the project–a project! The fact that it is over 2 1/2 months later and that the project is still alive is huge. Life can easily get in the way of getting something like this done, but this is an important part of my life and who I am, so I am making time and maybe more importantly, I am as stoked as I was before starting.
A big part of what is driving the timeline is that I am learning new gear and new techniques in a new digital world–ok, new to me. This is equally as exciting because I am realizing that I have the tools and am learning how to use them to get things done much faster and much better in the future. This means more music with fewer time obstacles.
All that said, I setting a deadline of September 4th–Labor Day here in the US–for the release of the EP. I have just started working on vocals, which has been the area that requires more effort on my part as it has been a looooooong time since I have moved those muscles. So, I am giving myself some room to work with it. Once the vocals are completed, some last finishing touches will go in and then on to the mixing and mastering process.
In the meantime, I may be dropping a single of one of the tunes sometime in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll see 🙂 I will keep you all updated as new info comes available.
So, where to start…how about right here? It is May 1, 2017 and I am taking on a 5-song EP challenge this month. What is significant about this is that this will be the first solo recording project that I have done in close to 30 years. That is literally a lifetime. It also marks a new beginning, but one driven by the experience gained over that lifetime, which is priceless.
Music is the one thing that I know deep down in my bones that is hard-wired in me. The problem is that I did not maintain and foster its growth with true passion, even though that flame has never died. In fact, it has nagged at me for most of that time, which is why I am here today.
I’m dusting off gear and my songwriting chops, this time with a different mindset. Things will probably be rough–no, they will b–and that’s OK. It’s a journey that is more concerned about the compass than the map and destination. I have had every self defeating thought and excuse I could come up with keep me from doing what I know I must.
I also took my old site (not much there either way) and threw it away, starting this one from the ground up. As you can see, this post is the first thing up, so please ignore the remodeling as I build it out. You see, this is exactly how this entire project is: not waiting for perfection, but throwing it together out in the open. I will be posting here as I progress, so stick around and share the experience along with me. If you want to know when new things are happening, just hit me up in the contact page and I will let you know when I post something new.
I hope you enjoy this new project as much as I hope I do, and thank you for sharing it with me!