So here I am and there’s a week to go before the album is due to be finished.

I’m busy working away on getting the album artwork put into templates finally so it’s ready for printing. Very excited as a couple of great friends have stepped up to the plate to help me do the art as I am rubbish at graphics although playing with templates isn’t too hard and I found a nice typewriter font so thats a bonus!

So exciting seeing a real, actual, legit album forming.

Matt is doing the last of the mixing this week and Sunday will be a mastering session. Hopefully it will be done then and then it gets sent off to the printers. WOOHOO.

I want this album to do well but it’s more importantly a testament to my life so far. Small weird songs that sometimes people talk over live, have real presence and sway on this album. I’ve expanded my composing skills and with a few helpers, gotten to realise much of what I’d envisaged for these songs that as a solo artist, I never really get the chance to show. If I never do another one, I’m happy that I at least managed this small thing. Something I can hold in my hand and say, yes, I made this with all my heart and soul.

I’ve learnt so much doing this album- about commitment, focus, practise, preparedness and communication – #2 should be easier or at least quicker but I’m still terrible at singing or playing the same thing twice it’s the live performer in me going “what if we change it up” and the ageing girl in my going “I just can’t remember what I sang a minute ago”/

I keep seeing Best Albums of 2014 lists cropping up, and have immediate pangs of WHAT AM I DOING? RELEASE IT IN 2015, give it a chance?! but my life outside my music has to go on, and as an indie release it doesn’t really matter when you release your music, its not like its going to breach the billboard top 100. I don’t have any money left for pluggers or PR so am I suppose to sit on it indefinitely until I can save up? If I wait till end of Jan or Feb, im just waiting and I’m filled with such joy for this album that I don’t want to wait any more. It’s taken my WHOLE life to get this far and I want to move on already, plus I promised friends they’d have it to give as presents for Christmas..so it’ll miss a few lists, so what- I have to get on with my life and get a job and all that stuff (yes, during the last few months ,work ran out at my place so I’ve been borrowing the money to finish this as I use the time to make sure it’s done right). It needs to be finished now so I can focus on earning some money from somewhere – and that will make me able to pay for travel so I can book tours- the weekend tourer hehehe Portugal is my first confirmed stop for January which is always a wonderful experience. If by some stroke of luck I get more offers of paid gigs or even people wanting to tour with me to form a band of sorts, then it would have accomplished more than I hoped. If not, I will just go on with my life and smile knowing I did this cool thing once…until album #2 drops that is (Im already writing the bare bones of more songs and still have 12 songs that didnt make it on the album to sift through)

Hopefully the people who will love this little album will find it, and I hope that those that found it and loved it will spread the word as that’s really all that matters is that it gets to the ears that need it.

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