Alright, alright. I thought I could keep it in, but there's just too much going on to not talk about it all.
The big news is that the album, for most intents and purposes, is completed. I will say it again: it's completed. Ahhh, a satisfying thing to say. I'm proud to announce that it is currently in the hands of the incomparable Matt Brown of the band Trespassers William, who is mastering it. Mastering is sort of hard to explain. It's somewhat akin to putting a final varnish on a wood, or glaze on a pot. Mastering makes an album sound like an album - it gives it uniformity, and a sonic arc. It seems that only amazing music gnomes seem to know how to do it. We are extremely excited to have someone we admire and deeply respect work on our music.
It's possible that some more mixing might occur in the next couple of weeks, but hopefully it will be the end of it. Our brains are fried. It's been a year and a half since we started this thing (with, obviously a huge grief gap in the middle there), and we're quite glad to be done with it. I have no sense of the value or quality of the piece, and in a way I'm not sure I really need to.
Next Saturday, we will have our photo shoot for the album art with the fantastic Mimi Ko. Then we start (or finish, really) the design of the CD, and re-design the website. Then we start the long process of learning how to play these songs for live performance. So, yeah, work isn't over, but it's a next phase we're moving into, now.
We've been slowly uncoiling. I managed to get sick last week, a throat ailment that left me partly voiceless. It was sort of a blessing: I went to re-record some vocals and realized I couldn't sing, and that's when I realized I had to let it go. Just let it go. So I did.
I think there was some kind of unconscious expectation in my spirit, of what would happen when this album got finished. That I would somehow be liberated, maybe, from the grief, or come to a new sense of peace and understanding. There is a lot of sadness in realizing that it isn't so. This is all on a subtle level, as my brain has always known this. But brain can't always account for heart.
The extra sadness here is that David's uncle Orlie is dying of cancer in Albuquerque. We are watching and praying and waiting.
We actually went to the beach on Saturday, which was a real feat, although we did it the whitey wuss way and stayed in the shade. David is still all wound up, so instead of relaxing, he methodically buried Chuck and then me in the sand all the way up to our necks, then dug some trenches, then played frisbee. It's going to take a while to learn how to be calm again, I think. Someone loaned us some DVDs of the original Mickey Mouse Club, so we watched those in a sort of comatose horror and joy. It's like a window into a whole other reality, a world where girls can only be airline hostesses and everyone wears saddle shoes and mouse ears. It's really fascinating and embarassingly fun.
I've also been having hours of fun with Google Earth. If you are on a PC, I highly recommend downloading this program and just having a load of fun with the Keyhole BBS links. It's really a beautiful experience, seeing the planet this way. I fell in love once I found the Sphinx.
...and I just found out my temp job I've been doing for about five months is ending on Friday. So, that's where I am. Where we are. At the end of a cycle, preparing for the beginning of a new one. Another goodbye to old ways of being, another renewal, another rebirth.
We are very excited for you that you are so close to the end of this CD process and cycle! Yet, as you say, another cycle one will soon begin. We can hardly wait to hear it, though. James says it's awesome! And, I hope you are feeling better and that David eventually relaxes!! Love to you both! Ma | 08.09.05 - 4:18 pm | #
Thanks. All I need is another online diversion. Now I will never get myself off the computer.
I can't wait to hear the new album. Lisa | 08.09.05 - 10:01 pm | #
This is the time for completion. I am so proud of you both, and I hope that life and death will both be as kind as possible to you both through the coming seasons. Rest. And then onwards and upwards, my friends. tifanie | 08.09.05 - 11:30 pm | #