I know New Years' resolutions aren't for everyone, but I find a lot of comfort in the ritual (and, let's be honest, the idea of getting a fresh start on something -- even if it's only in your mind). This year, I made the resolution to take the art I create as seriously as I take the work I do for my "day job."
(I put "day job" in scare quotes because it's a majority of why I get up in the morning, and I am beyond grateful I get to do the work that I do every day.)
All that being said, I decided the website and my online presence needed a new coat of paint and a bit of a face lift. Now, you can't go anywhere in that presence with some sort of banner proclaiming I'm releasing an album this year.
The catch? I haven't started recording it yet.
This made me a little nervous at first, announcing something that doesn't yet exist, but then I realized that this is an amazing way to tie two very important parts of myself together. During the day, I'm a music teacher, and one of my Teacher Crusades is to get my students to understand that every final product is the result of dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of tiny decisions and actions. People see the final product and think it's magical -- and maybe it is! -- but what they don't see is the day to day work being made.
In that light, I want to take you through the process of making an album -- from songwriting to tracklist-choosing to demo-making to recording to release, and everything in between. In this space, I'll be sharing demo clips, snippets of lyrics that have been rewritten (with explanations as to why), as well as any progress updates I have.
Thanks for coming along for the ride, and I look forward to sharing this process with you!