It's been a time all right. Daylight savings time slipped back an hour and the whole world seems to have slowed down. I'm sure it's just a localised time event.
We're lucky to have the backup of each other. 10 years underground and we're still tight :-)
God bless Theo for looking after Mr Wizard.
Bill's just finished 6 months of prep for our touring, jeez what a crew.
In this age of the self propelled artist, ask not what someone else can do for your band, because there's no one else to do it :-)
The simple fact is that the easy money has gone from the music biz. People will pay for access, but not content. Yeah, you heard it here first. Me big brain think think smart. Eat fruit. Make Fire!
Finding the new way is the new way. Yeah that's right, Cogitate on that one all you Zen'ers out there.
Anyway I give away too much of our secret knowledge, Roger would demand I charge for it.
Meanwhile, the work continues, and after a few months of slow movement we're underway again.
Today I'm off to record some harmonies for Go Down Easy, from Defiance. Two lines worth, makes all the difference.
'Defiance' is scheduled for completion within April. Still a few things to add, 'Like a Stone' V1 & V2, 'Mama don't mind' (studio version) and 'Isn't how I wanted it' are the last tracks to reach mixing.
All the rest are in final tweak stage.
Whilst that is very pleasing, I'm more excited by the work we're doing on 3 new shiny things.
Each of the projects we've worked on has had its own theme, I've even made a list of them somewhere in these blogs but anyway...that's old hat.
I listen to the musical vibes the boys bring in. I am amazed at how close they are to the vibe of the society in which they live.
Right now, Bill, Mr Wizard and Rosie have produced some very chilled out acoustic stuff.
Mr Lynch has agreed to do some recording, and we're building the concept now.
Adding another Michael to the project is a good sign. From now on, we'll all be called Bruce. (give yourself 10 points if you get the python reference)
Defiance was last years vibe, now after all the stuff going, people want a little relief.
So we're working on an Acoustic Ear Bath. Nice songs. Chilled sounds.
That's the theory.
Lynchy is doing some crazy location-sound experiments later this year and we're going to be guinea pigs.
This project will explore some Nice Sounds. the sound of acoustic guitar in a resonant room. The sounds of the bush. All sorts of things.
The songs are moving to rehearsal and then to live gigs, we're talking dates, I'm location scouting and...importantly, the project has a Working Title...whoah...you know it's serious now.
The benefit of all this is that it...unlocks capacity to work on the next batch of stuff!
I'm really keen to crack on with writing songs for Jo to sing, and Theo's got a project to start as well.
Oh yeah and then there's the.....
The sheer pleasure of making stuff. As often as we can, when we can.