7 Down 2 To Go

Hey friends. Hope you had a great weekend especially if you went to Bamboo Jamboo. I heard it was an amazing festival and the performances were top notch. So bummed I couldn’t make it this year but prior commitments kept me up north until early Sunday morning.

The funny thing is as I was waking up Sunday morning to get ready for rehearsal an idea for a song came with me as I woke up from full REM sleep and became conscious and aware. I remember dreaming and humming this line then slowly going from that to realizing it was time to get up and actually start moving in the really real world. Luckily I was able to figure the line out and record it real quick before it was gone forever. There is a nice little stock pile of ideas building up that will be revisited and crafted into new compositions once this last stretch of 2014 shows have been played. Looking forward there is a lot of writing and experimenting to do with new material and perspectives. Keeping it fresh is mandatory.

During the rehearsal on Sunday we were able to finish arranging another new piece and name it. That is a small victory of sorts. Sometimes new compositions just wait until you stop thinking about it before an appropriate title comes out of nowhere and puts the icing on the cake. Granted it’s been a month or two at least but what are you going to do? I’d much rather have songs without a title then a title without a song. We’ll just play that one song. You know which song I mean right? How does it go again? You’ll just have to come to a show to see if we break out the new china live over the next few weeks. There is a pretty good chance that might happen. You just never know.

Before heading back late Sunday afternoon circumstances lead me to a Korg 61 key for piano and clavinet sounds. I had been thinking about adding a lighter board with more sounds for a while. It’s a sweet little board that is right at home over the Hammond and the MM6. It will make its debut on Saturday night October 4th at the Volstead on Adams St in downtown Jacksonville for the 2nd annual Jacksonville Original Music Festival. We’re playing at 10 pm but will be hanging about most of the afternoon and evening. Come on down we still have a handful of pre-sale tickets available if you’re in the area. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather and another great original music festival. The good people at the SSA have been working so hard to pull everything together so please make an appearance and support original music at the venues all over downtown Jacksonville.

Finally we got some more mixes in yesterday and are given them a thorough listen this week. We’re getting closer to setting a release date as the final details are being checked off. There is still a bit of coding to be done for the site but we are very close as there are only two tracks left for us to sign off on. I’ve come to realize that things take as long as they take to come to fruition. It’s hard to decide if just moving past a certain point is more important than the point itself. For right now enjoying the process and the output is enough.

The first batch of songs are a mix of tracks originally written years ago that have been molded into what they are today and songs written after this project got started and we had built a process to create stuff. How many years? In some cases we’re talking about ideas that were decades old that just wouldn’t go away. Cuts aged like fine wine in contrast to ideas that came about organically trying out new things to see what was possible are about to drop as our first release.

We’ll see you Saturday night at the Volstead. Until then or the next post, all the best!