Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Announcing the very first official Musical Schizo album...now in pre-production

Yes, folks, I have decided to shit.

Well, instead of getting off the pot (as the old saying goes)...

I am going to be recording my first album of songs. I've picked what I consider to be my 13 strongest songs to date, and I will be putting together proper recordings of all of them. Hopefully I'll be able to get a real drummer to cut the drum tracks...if not, I might pull a Jason Falkner and just record everything myself.

The album will probably have "Musical Schizo" in the title, and will feature cover art designed by me. It will include an electronic booklet (probably in PDF format) that will contain all lyrics and chords (most musicians don't do that), and credits for all who contributed to the record (of course).

My bet would be that it shifts styles some, since that's what I do, but since most of my strongest material was written on an acoustic guitar, there might be sort of a strummy Americana/roots feel to a lot of it - that might be the way it plays out for cohesiveness' sake. I want it to really "fit".

Some of the songs need some production work, structurally and lyrics-wise, before I record them, but I anticipate a finished product in the spring or early summer of 2011.

When it's done, I'll be releasing it on iTunes and Rhapsody, so you can buy it.

Unlike some people I know who have self-released stuff digitally, mine will be properly mastered and very high quality. I'm going for good songs, recorded beautifully. A little Musical Schizo ear candy, if you will.

So let's see if this goes the way of the never-seeming-to-get-off-the-ground acoustic project...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Moving the Blues, Opportunity, etc.

Saturday night I had a great time filling in on bass with Moving Blues at Rabbit's. It was just nice focusing hard on the groove and just worrying about playing bass.

Over the past couple of weeks a few friends of mine in another band previously mentioned on this blog have been asking me if I'd be interested in playing lead guitar with them with this singer-songwriter from a little north of Austin. I listened to the music, and though it's not bad at all, one thing always comes to mind when I explore making music - especially original music - with other people: What about my music? Why don't I focus on doing that instead of learning other people's music. I mean, being in an original band where you're not a songwriter is one step down from cover band. So why would I do that and not be paid for it, and not advance my own writing?

I know the answer I'm going to give them, and I do always appreciate when people are interested in playing with me at all and see some talent here. I just have to do the same thing I did when the guitar seat opened up in that band back in Jacksonville - say "no thanks" and make a commitment to my own music for once.

It's just time. Now that Casey is taking back her drum kit (after almost two years, I might add) I might do a little re-arranging of the studio to better suit my creative needs (and clean the damn thing up - it's a pig sty).

I need to start writing songs again. It's been a long time since I cranked one out.

Maybe I'll go try and do that now...peace to all!