No-go on this year's Listening Party. Too many commitments at home. Sorry guys. I will most certainly make it next year.
...And with that, it all feels official. Now to see if I can clear the calendar for the Listening Party.
Every year I go into this ridiculous, amazing, overambitious, and very, very fun Challenge I wonder if I'll have anything good to say. I mean, at some point, don't you just run out of words? feelings? thoughts?
I have found the answer to be a resounding, "NO."
If anything, it has had the effect of making me more pure, more willing to go to places I never would have if not for the years needing to say something. I've found that what I say each year tends to get more real, more personal, and more vulnerable.
I mean, what's left to say once you've gotten all of your bullshit out of your system?
Yeah, that's the good stuff. I'm both scared and excited for what will be exposed next year now that this year's layer has been stripped away.
The album is done. No additional recording tonight. I listened to the songs on the album, and they feel like they belong together - inspired in the moment be each of the stories.
The new song doesn't have the same feel. So yeah, I'm done.
So, I thought I was done.
Then the Landry crew went on vacation in South Carolina and over the course of an afternoon-long beach walk alone, a song showed up. Wrote the whole thing basically top to bottom before getting back to the room.
Fixed a couple of lines on the drive back to NY and added a second bridge this morning 'cuz the song was begging for one. I'll be recording it tonight, burning the two-disc set, and putting it in the mail tomorrow.
I guess you're never really done until you're really done.
Well, it's all done and loaded up in the player. The album's tracks alternate between tales of near death experiences and songs inspired by them. Seven songs. Five stories (one split into part one and part two due to length).
The whole thing's an hour and twenty minutes long, but it definitely can be listened to in stages if anyone's actually is listening to it in the first place. Since each story-inspired song follows the story that inspired it, stopping after any song makes for a completed little entertainment nugget.
Other than messing with some volume issues (some of the stories are a bit quiet), it's all recorded and mixed.
Good feeling, being done. Hopefully it brings similar good feelings to listeners.
Collecting - The Zero Sled and Other Near Death Experiences
Well, I recorded "Gravity" - a track about my preferred method of self destruction.
So rather than dumping it from the album, my solution to the seventeen-minute story (which is just waaaaaay too damn long) is to cut it into two parts and write another song to put between them. This, by the way, means that "Seven Weeks" stays as well.
So the album went from an original length of 1:20 down to around :58 and now all the way up to about 1:25.
So all recording is NOT done. I'll need to record this tonight:
How many ways can you get yourself killed?
How many ways can you die?
So many ways if you have a strong will
A will so much stronger than I
Put rocks in your shoes and go jump in a lake
Go walking 'round barefoot with venomous snakes
Looking back at the times I tried to set myself free
Only one thing worked for me
Oh sure, you could pay to get yourself shot
Jump in a volcano and die smoking hot
The options are endless if you give it some thought
Play Marco Polo out on the Mass Pike
Launch yourself from a cannon - no net if you like
Outside of the time I skied myself into a tree
Only one thing worked for me
The seventeen-minute story has been removed altogether, and now I'm in the process of editing out extraneous verbal tangents to make the album more listenable.
As it stands now, there are five songs and four stories - I think I'm ditching "Seven Weeks" - with the whole album clocking in at a total of 58 minutes.
My mom never really liked the long story anyway. Hearing about the way her son nearly died scares her every time.
There's just something about holding the printed and cut album cover that gives such satisfaction. Yup, I made another album... And it's ridiculous. I'm sure people will skip the stories (hell, one of them is over seventeen minutes long - Tim's having a conniption right now). But it's done nonetheless.
It's also nice when the preferred track presents itself. I initially thought I'd be using the title track to the album "Collecting," but it became pretty evident that the final track "Silent Reminder" is the one - and it's shorter (4:00ish vs. 6:00ish).
Hopefully listeners will enjoy it for the imperfections, the foolishness, and the humor in my self-destructive tendencies.
Oh, and thanks to my daughters for listening to an hour of storytelling last weekend. Their laughter, comments, and occasional ridicule add nicely to the tracks.
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