The record is done.
I am just waiting on the mastering. Mastering is a mystery to me. But-- I can't let you hear the music until it is mastered.
But here is the cover :)
I was excited about the first record because it was my first. This time, I can say I am EXCITED about 'What's On My Mind' because I am very proud of it. I am proud of the sounds and very thankful to all the people who contributed to those sounds... Mixed and Mastered by Mark Dann. Recorded by Ted Orr at Sertso Studio. Then, keeping the beat for us on drums, the wonderful Peter Tenerowicz. Stepping in, the 'New Guy' to the process, versatile Aaron Martin, on bass. And then, there is the 'If it has strings or keys, sure, I can play it' guy, on violin, Mike Pagnani. Finally, Guitar Wizard, Rick Warren, sending us guitar oriented folks to the heavens and back.
I can't wait for you to hear how these men put their own marks on my songs. How the guitar and violin weave a tapestry of sound while the drums set the heartbeat and the bass provides this fascinating grounding..... Then there is the recording, mixing, and mastering, which brings the sounds together to best advantage.
This record has taken years, literally years, to be realized. Most of the songs were written a few years ago when my life was in turmoil. I discovered that many of the things that I thought were real, were actually just my imagination. I found out that I had wanted to see the people in my life in a certain way, but they were not that way. It was a jarring time, one of doubting my very understanding of life.
However, I got through it. So did everyone else. Putting out this record sort of makes it all final. In the past. At least the personal songs. The political.... not so much. I still think we need to find a way to talk to one another, find out that we are really more alike than different. That is the first song. The last is the healing song. There is a lot in between.....
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