I’m starting to “feel” the solo “band.” This kinda reminds me of Sinister Dane so far, but this is just the intro I’ve scratched out. My fat are far too clumsy to play guitar. It’s why I sing. It does kinda sound like 1994, though, doesn’t it? Shouts out to Bellefontaine Neighbors.
I re-launched this website in late Spring of 2018 with the intent of using it as a creative, communicative and commercial tool. It’s still a work in progress, like so many of the projects you’ve read about on these pages. I haven’t published nearly as much as I’d planned to, but I’ve gained a small following of paid members to whom I am very grateful, and I’ve learned a lot in managing the site and producing content. It’s been a wild eight months, full of ups and downs, probably much like anyone’s challenging life (Keep your chin up and keep moving, kid.)
Now, with the dawn of the new year, I find myself not only doubling down on my commitment to producing original music, but also shifting the website’s mission in a way that we can all feel good about. I’m now donating 15% of all revenue generated by this site directly to Society of St. Vincent de Paul. If you didn’t know, this organization’s mission statement is, “End poverty through systemic change.” I stand firmly behind that very basic mission, because poverty is the fundamental source of most suffering.
Since re-booting the human operating system to function on love-and-kindness-based values seems to be taking a very long time, the Vincentians provide poverty relief and assistance to those suffering in lack and need. And, since my poverty-relief infrastructure is not what theirs is, it makes sense to divert a portion of the funds from memberships and downloads to the mission.
The added benefit of this tactic is that it lights a spiritual fire under my ass to produce more, and to increase the social value of the music, podcasts and other media you get from me. It’s gonna make me do more, because 15% of Not Much is still Not Much. But it’s something.
It’s been a while since I last wrote in the album production journal. On one hand, that’s a good thing. I’ve gotten busy with a job I really like. On the other hand, it’s not so good. I’ve kind of left actual members in the dark about what’s going on with the music. On the third and final hand, a lot is going on with the music. Things have taken a turn.
Music-consuming citizens of the universe, here is my holiday gift to you: A free download of the song Neighborhood News, written and produced by yours truly. I wrote the lyrics from the perspective of someone in a neighborhood discussion group who was perpetually annoyed anytime I posted anything. I won’t lie, I was prolific in…
It took me a little longer than expected to get this rundown of the rest of the demos together, but I’m back. After this post, we’ll start to look at the work on individual songs in much greater detail.