In earlier posts I talked about beginning a creative project, and maintaining focus to keep it going. If we can do these two things we will eventually COMPLETE the project. This can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand there is the satisfaction of a job, hopefully, well done. But on the other hand, if the project was enjoyable, there is a bit of sadness at moving on to the next project or, more realistically, moving into marketing-mode to make the completed project available for others to discover and enjoy. I have reached this point in my current recording project, and will now look back on the mixing, mastering and final recording sessions.
I was back at Cloud9 Recording in April mixing my CD with Joe Napoli. Each song had many tracks of guitars, drums, vocals and keyboards to mix down. I am VERY pleased with the results. Over a five day period Joe worked very hard creating great mixes of the nine songs for this CD. Despite that aggressive schedule Joe tuned in to the story and message of each song so that he could bring out the best in my musical arrangements while mixing.
|Joe Napoli getting ready to mix another song|
|Me with Rob Ray|
The sad state of a democracy that was once 'for the people' but now seems to be 'for whoever has the deepest pockets to buy representation' inspired my song "Follow the Money". These days it seems the only way to make sense of military deployments, budget decisions, and federal policy is to follow the money trail and see which individuals or corporations are benefiting from these decisions.
|Lakita P. Jackson and me at a gig with the Geoffrey Armes Band|
That sums up the recording and mixing process for this CD. I will soon be creating a facebook 'fan' page where I can post some songs, and communicate gigs once I put together a band to play this music live. I will also alert you to where songs and physical CDs can be purchased and/or pre-ordered. I am in the process of redesigning my website to make all of this easier as well. Many thanks to all of you who have read this blog and kept up with the sessions - I hope you get to hear the completed CD and perhaps The Kevin McLeod Band playing the music live when we come to your town!