- Had a long Zoom chat with Greg to talk about February projects.
- There won’t be an album-in-a-month this year. Too many other projects of various sizes are already underway or committed to for the coming months.
- Greg has a writing project of his own.
- I will be performing on Tim Lewis’ Sounds of Burlington at Robot Dog Studio on February 12th. (No release date yet.) I will be rehearsing for that big time over the next two weeks.
- I am producing DonnCherie’s tracks. I have arrangements and instrumentations to work on.
- If there is one project I’m planning on completing in February it’s the musical. I’ve softly committed to finishing the songwriting by 2/28.
- I’m done remixing the GD catalog. On listening back to everything, I came to several realization about what the project was, what it means to me now, and what I should do with those recordings going forward.
- With that in mind, Scott and I settled on a track list for a compilation of the “Essential” tracks and I will release that this week.
- I removed the complete four albums from the web. They’re now “out of print.”
February Album-in-a-month / RPM Challenge
February is coming and I’m starting to think about the RPM Challenge again. Do I dive back in so soon. I took 8 years off last time. Is one year enough recovery time? Last night and this morning I brainstormed the following list of possible projects I could do in February for the RPM Challenge. I realize many of these of not strictly to RPM standards in that I wouldn’t be starting from scratch on February 1st but I don’t mind bending that rule this year.
- Record the first song Greg and I wrote together back in 1991 with Greg on guitar.
- Neb Crabula 2014 tracks*
- Greg laid down a handful of guitars and vocals when he came up to visit for a possible Neb Crabula EP.
- I could flesh them out by recording the drums, keys, etc.
- Unfinished Solo Tunes
- I have a handful of solo tracks in various stages of completion I could finish up.
- Mahout concept album*
- Mahout is traditionally Greg talking and me making music that goes behind it.
- The three words “Mahout concept album” popped into my head yesterday so I texted them to Greg and we chatted about them.
- Literally. Do nothing but chill, goof off, take the month off from music.
- This is always an option.
- The Musical
- Finish writing the songs for the musical we’ve been working on.
- Maybe even record some backing tracks for them
- File this option under “Should.”
- Conventional solo album
- Like it says. Me just hammering out an album on my own.
- Been there, done that.
- But to be fair, I won’t be inviting anybody over to my house during lockdown so this might be it.
- Mailbox Live
- Pick 30-60 minutes of classic Mailbox material to record and video in a “live”-like setting in the studio.
- Mix and master it for a “broadcast” at the end of the month.
- Easy and fun idea if not the most ground-breaking.
- Elephants of Scotland album
- Write an album of EoS material and record my parts (drums, keys, acoustic, vocals).
- Yeah, just write a whole prog album. Make it a double-length concept album while yer at it, ya nutjob.
- I would record the rest of the band and finish the album up after the world opens up again.
- Elephants of Scotland Acoustic Album
- Re-record a bunch of EoS tunes in a more acoustic style.
- I’ve done “The Other Room” and “Full Power” in the past and I liked how they turned out.
- Different Collaborator
- Instead of EoS or Neb Crabula, write and record an album with somebody else (preferably just me and one other)
- Backing Tracks
- Jam out an album’s worth of instrumentals that somebody could add songs on top of later.
- Radio show
- I was provisionally invited to appear on a radio show/podcast to perform a few songs and get interviewed.
- If that happens, I should probably focus on rehearsing for that.
- And I think I’d be able to release it.
* Would require Greg’s availability. Our schedules are looking like they might not jibe this February.Read more
- DC came by safely and we recorded demos (rough tracks? basic tracks?) for two of her songs on guitar and vocals.
- I can now start (just start) to see where other instruments could go and how to fill out the sound of these tunes. Might not be me who does it, though.
- Cranking out mixes of our first album.
- Recorded new guitar and vocals for “Heliopause”
- Kept same piano and synth tracks from May 2020.
- Mixed and mastered and it’s done. Only took a year.
- [edit: listened the next morning and still like it.]
- Put the new Ludwig Acrolite to work this morning.
- Used newly-functioning acoustic pick up to do test recordings. I’ve never been happy with my finger picking recordings. The tests today had two mics and the line from the pick up and it sounds beautiful.
- Bought a Ludwig Acrolite snare drum from the 70s; sounds sweet. I love my Gretsch kit but could never get the wooden snare to pop like I want. The Ludwig is aluminum; crack!