I just got a text from our engineer/coproducer Dave:
"I did a super rough mix of 'listen to my voice'... get excited dude."
Dave's not one to gush or overreact, so needless to say that left me feeling warm and fuzzy. We're zeroing in on a date and venue for the record release in May, so this concept is becoming more and more a reality. Just wanted to share my excitement about that really quickly.
Being a artist, especially an aspiring band, is a different experience than most people have. Many people have passions and hobbies, and that can even include making art, but there is a fundamental obsession, or belief, or mantra--I'm not sure what you call it--missing from "normal" people (no way could you call me or Morgan normal, or almost any other artist we know for that matter). I'm sure Morgan and any real artist would agree that no matter what we're doing, even if it's something we enjoy, there's a voice telling us that if it's not music it's not really what we're supposed to be doing. I love baseball and fishing, but if I had a choice between a week of baseball and fishing but no guitar and a week of making lattes (thank the gods those days are over) with the guitar waiting for me at home, I'd have to opt for the lattes.
In tuning and repairing pianos I am lucky to have found a way of making some money for myself that I can put up with and even utilize some of my musical skills. Morgan has had more trouble on that front, in that every day job she's had to endure has been just so incredibly--not music. It looks like now she's finally found a job she can take some personal pride in. But, while we might not mind, and even sometimes enjoy the practical jobs that are facts of our lives, music is always the elephant in the room.
(yes, I google imaged "elephant in the room")