........LIFE ON THE ROAD…….
Sitting in the snow again today here in Orono ME. Woke this morning to a white blanket surrounding the bus…. and there was me bragging about spring arriving?! Spoke too soon I guess. It's hard to believe that tonight is show number 41 on the “VERY BEST OF TOUR.” We are flying through the gigs at this stage. The past 3 weeks have...
been eventful to say the least. As if we weren't busy enough on the road… The producer of CT Sharon decided that we were to film one of the shows out of the blue! We decided to shoot the show in Casino Rama Ontario. The venue there is huge and has tonnes of space for cameras and crew. Its the only place where we could shoot a live show on the road so that the audience weren't effected by the bustle going on around them. When filming a new show, sadly it's not just as easy as running the same show and filming it. Theres a lot more prep that goes into it than that. On rehearsals alone we spent hours getting everything perfect… if it's not done right on camera…. Well then…. Its not done right at all. You only have the one shot to nail it… And nail it we did. Every one played a blinder. I was in the production/media truck for some of the other lads solo songs and everyone looked and sounded great. Its not easy doing a live shoot… Theres always that extra bit of pressure in the hope you don't mess something up! Non the less… We got it done… You lot are in for something really special, real soon!!!
Friends, you guys & family have been asking me to do more painting’s. So I have… I couldn't get much of anything done the 3 weeks previous as you can understand, but the second I did I got tore into it. I LOVE painting… Its just another expression. Painting is a lot like writing a song… some songs you can write easy and some you can’t… the same as a picture. Some days you cant paint at all… Some days you can paint it all… It’s all a state of mind I find. I also want to get as many done/ practice in for the fund it campaign that I will be doing for my new album “On Mercy Street.” Here is a time laps of me doodling ;) The music is a piece that I composed played and produced a while back Called "The Uninvited Guests." It's this idea I had for a burlesque/ seedy/ illegal drinking den/ prohibition era of music Enjoy.
Final mixes on the songs are being done right now 6 of the 12 tracks I am delighted with… The rest are almost there just a few more weeks here and there. After that I’ll send them onto a guy we have in France for mastering…. We reckon he’s the best around, thats why he’s our guy. Mastering in a nutshell is when a mastering engineer can unify your album with skillful use of EQ, gain, and compression to give it a consistent sound from track to track. This process also allows the mastering engineer to pump up the volume of your overall album so it's as hot as can be and make it sound unbelievable. And unbelievable is what we are going for.
I cant wait for you guys to hear “On Mercy Street,” as I sit and write this I’m listening to new mixes and my head wont stop bobbing.. I love the work thats went into each not on every track and you will too..
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