So tonight will be our last night in Paul Leavitt's studio. At the conclusion of tonight- probably around 1 or 2 am- ten of the eleven songs on the record (not including the bonus tracks that come with the preorder) will be fully completed. Then, it'll be back to Greg's basement "studio" next week to track vocals for one more song, a very special jam that is definitely shaping up to be one of my favorites and is incidentally also slated to be the record's concluding track.
This whole experience has been so strange, so draining, and so much fun at the same time. I've wanted to write and record a full-length album since I was about twelve, and it's going to be an amazing feeling to actually accomplish that goal nine long years later. Part of the idea of completing a record was to see if all of my glorified predictions about the process of doing so lived up to my expectations, or if I "got it out of my system" over the course of doing it. When we decided to pursue this band seriously, and I opted to defer my scholarship to school, I knew there was at least a slim possibility that I would allocate all my time, energy and resources to chasing this lifestyle only to find in the end that it wasn't really what I wanted to do, or that what I really needed to be doing was going to college somewhere doing kegstands and nailing coeds.
Well, I don't think that I came to that conclusion, although I'd be lying if I told you that doubts didn't infiltrate my consciousness more often than I care to admit. There have certainly been some rude awakenings, some challenges I didn't forsee and found irksome, and plenty of times where I had to bite my lip pretty hard to keep from throwing an outright temper tantrum. ( A couple times I threw some not so outright ones- in the privacy of my home of course ha ha) But more than all of that, I think I've matured a ton as a songwriter and even as a pure musician, and through this process I've discovered how much I really like doing this. All we can do now is finish up these last couple tracks, mix and master, and hope that people like our record enough to justify our continuing to do this. Writing songs is the shit, gigging is the shit, and I mean, I'm no good at beer pong, so this is kind of a lifeline for me.
But I've gotten sidetracked! The real reason I started writing this blog was to ask if any females with golden pipes out there might want to come over next week and lay down a part on the last song. We can't pay you, but it will be decent exposure and you get to hang out with two extremely good looking guys while you're doing it. We're tracking in Olney, so if you know someone or are someone, drop me a line here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.