Today I’m rolling out a new blog. I wanted to be able to talk about some of the struggles, neuroses, obsessions, rewards, motivations and frustrations of trying to keep that creative flame alive while negotiating the jungle rain forest that is Real Life.
To start things off in a big way, I will be blogging about my upcoming trip to Nashville to record four songs for my next CD. I will be totally clueless about what I’m doing. I’ll post pictures, and my thoughts and experiences. I hope you can join me on this trip – it will make it more fun and I welcome your comments. My trip starts tomorrow, November 13, and you can check back at this site for updates.
When you say you’re going to Nashville, it’s kind of like telling people you are on the verge of winning $20 million dollars. It’s a place that evokes just that kind of excitement – especially among fellow songwriters. I do feel that I’m on the verge of something – hopefully a big, fat creative leap. Certainly, this is a bit of a leap of faith to decide to record this way. What I hope to achieve is a finished piece of work that is as good as it can be – for the money.
I gave this a lot of thought and consideration. I had such a great experience recording my first CD with Steve Phillips. The project was completed in baby steps that added up to a year of work. This time around, I don’t have a year, don’t have the spare time, and I don’t want to wait that long. I want to strike while the iron is hot on these songs. I want a different kind of energy to come together for this. I want everyone working together at the same time. Everyone in the boat.
But – I’m not really going to have to do this all by myself: I have asked KC-based songwriter, Gary Beard, to be the producer on this project for me. Gary lived in Nashville and worked professionally as a songwriter there for many years. I’m counting on him to tell me where I’m going – both literally and figuratively.