2018 was a big year. As they always are, it was full of ups and of downs. All that seems to be in hindsight for me, though. As the year was actually happening, it felt like your average lap around the sun.
I put serious work into recording. My initial thought was to release an album. I've since changed my mind. I've decided to release the songs as they're completed rather than waiting. I feel like that's the way the business is trending now. The time of the album may be waning. You can expect the first couple tunes in February. My goal is to have at least one out by Valentine's Day. For no other reason than it's a decent enough landmark. I've been working on two different projects at two different studios in two different styles. I'm excited to note the differences and similarities!
I recorded a second audiobook called "Angels Rising" which is out now through Audible. I had a great time recording it and I look forward to everyone's feedback. I'm always scouring the interwebz looking for new books to narrate, so I'll keep everyone posted about that.
2018 only saw me write a little bit of music, mostly parts for the aforementioned songs and recordings I've been struggling to finish. I did spend a little time reworking an older tune that never quite worked with some updated lyrics and a new arrangement. My phone tells me I demoed a few riffs for further use, but the first 2/3 of the year were not a creative time for me. That's one of the many reasons I elected to go back to playing music full time. It can actually be depressing for a musician when he can't write music.
I HAVE, however, been plugging away at a series of stories in various formats. I completed one at the end of 2017 and submitted it for publishing. Nothing came of that, but I elected to wait until the new year to post it, just to avoid any unpleasantness. I very seriously doubt anyone would notice, but I'm trying to be the good guy here. I'll post that before too long. One evening, not too long ago, I got the urge to write, but when I stared at the projects I have in the works, I was entirely uninspired by each of them in the moment. That desire to write was still there, so I began...a memoire. Why? Because it satisfied the need to put words on paper. I have no illusions that anyone will give a damn about my life as a whole, but it's been a fun exercise; remembering things long forgotten, analyzing things I've not analyzed before. If I ever finish it, I'll think about publishing it. Don't hold your breath though.
By far and away, the most satisfying part of 2018 for me was returning to full time music-ing. I've played songs I hadn't played in years, I learned new stuff, I played with new people and old friends. I've experienced new venues, returned to some of my favorites. I've reconnected with some people I lost track of, made new friends and (dare I say) new fans. It's been an enriching and altogether satisfactory experience. I try really hard not to take any of it for granted. I try really hard to appreciate each gig and each venue for what it is and not get jaded by the stuff that usually irks me. I'm a cynic and an introvert by nature so that's a lot harder than it sounds.
I don't typically make New Years Resolutions. I'm the kind of guy who ends up breaking them within a few hours of making them. So instead I'll just say this: I'm going to try to update my dates and news a little more often. If any of you follow on Facebook, you'll know that I've committed to putting out one song everyday for a year. That's every song I know, friends! It may be a FB Live video, It may be pre-recorded. I could be solo, I could be with friends. Maybe originals, maybe covers, who knows. It all starts tomorrow, January 1, 2019. I'll upload a comprehensive list of everything I know and we'll check them off as we go. Initially I intended to go alphabetically, since it appeals to my sense of symmetry, but I abandoned that idea. I'll just play what I feel like playing. And I'll try to sprinkle the songs that I don't much care for throughout the year and not bunch them together. You'll hear some weird stuff, but it'll be worth it.
So cheers, to you, friends! Thank you for your support and kind words. I know I can be somewhat surly and standoffish sometimes, but it really does mean the world to me, so keep it coming! I wish everyone the happiest and safest of New Years, and I look forward to seeing you all in 2019!