Full house on stage and we're filming.
Friday was a rough day. Mr Wizard and I were making our first attempts at the next batch of writing.
After a few fallow months, it takes a bit to get the writing muscle working again.
We recorded guide tracks, argued about chords and structure, as things should be.
Later that afternoon, when Oskar went onwards, Mr Wizard helped me do what needed to be done.
A rough day indeed.
It is good to be moving again.
There are multiple musical projects on the board and no rush.
When I think about writing at this time in history, it makes me stop to think a little longer.
So much is going on that heralds the proper commencement of the 21st Century.
Music has changed with the world, with tech. We've been fortunate to be out in the Zone, where the change is happening.
It affects what we do, what we write. This last decade has been a journey following the old pilgrimage trails. Now, it's where to from here. What's truly useful? What work can we do that will have utility?
Re-doing the 20th century's tales over and over seems like willful ignorance of what's going on around us.
A mate said to me the other day 'don't be too political, be switzerland, you're not a folk band!'
I dunno. Brother Bill thought we were and I agree.
Yet, I have the wiser words of the masters in my ear.
'The master, being wise in all things, said nothing'
Over 2017-2018 we made an effort to provide an alternative to the constant media drumbeat of doom. The 5D project was particularly introspective, Safe Harbour/Rogue State very locally focused.
A time out.
Mr Wizard said, as we worked the other day 'it's about the phrase' and by that I take him to mean the 'useful words'.
In this moment, where we are as a Humanity, what useful things can we add?
It's been on my mind a lot, fostered by the memory of Rick Lyons and his teaching.
It's good that it's hard to find the right things. It's good to take the thought-time. There's a relationship between inspiration and perspiration, we'll keep working on it.
Meanwhile, I miss my dang dog.
Over the past little while, I've been helping Oskar to get where he needed to go. Today he made his goodbyes and moved along.
He was a good boy.
He'll be missed like heck.
Oskar appeared in our art twice. When i find the single cover I'll post that too.
Added the single cover.
The live video will take the time it takes. It's a thing.
With audio from the desk + video from 3 cameras...
Also, we have to capture the performance to a standard that the guys accept, which is hard, cos the camera makes them nervous omg..
Even though they've been filmed countless times by people with their phones, the gang are notoriously shy when it comes to making our own stuff.
This is taking multiple attempts. I'm ok with that. Patience is a factor.
Until we get some of the jobs finished that we have on the cards, the next projects are circling.
I mean it's been almost 6 months since we recorded anything ;-)
Gotta love the 21st century.
It'll take us a few more weeks to get through what we're doing, then we'll have chance to start putting down the guides for the next experiments.
I had expected to have video out by now, but, you know. Stuff.
If it's quiet on the blog, you know what I'm up to. Stuff.
Also more website changes underway just cos.
For the last 6 weeks I have been working on 'Special Projects' - nothing earthshaking, the normal things we have to do, as a band, every now and again.
You may have noticed my blogging has been slow, I'm in a positive frame of mind and if I was to list the long string of curse words I have uttered recently, you may be forgiven for thinking me more peeved than I actually am.
The Music Industry is...well it's not quite the wild west anymore, sometimes it requires...'full and frank' discussion.
We've been working on some live video stuff and it's taking way longer than expected. See there I go.
If I list everything that's running behind schedule it will sound like complaint. Which it isn't.
Each thing has its own orbit, its own trajectory, its own tide.
Coordinating multiple humans and actions is the choreography of work. It's like trying to make connecting flights, or catch a bus AND a ferry.
You miss da boat, you wait for the next one. Oh wait, here comes one now. gotta go.