Been back in Florida a few weeks and have stayed very busy gigging and catching up. Nursing an injured shoulder too as I am my own roadie. I have two good demo recordings I did with Helen Avakian. Just the two of us on acoustics. Denial, you may recall, is the theme of this collection. Denial takes many forms and the theme will become more clear when the entire collection is finished and out and out into the right order. But for now I’ll probably offer the two I have as free downloads to my Reverbnation fans. If you are not one of them yet, click the link below. I’ll send out an international e-mail when they become available–for free. HONEST.
The Movie Beautiful Noise is in production and my scenes will be shot on September 29 and 30. Also my music videos will begin production soon. I have some raw video of the NY gigs that I’ll attempt to edit down into a montage. I don’t really expect anyone to sit through an entire concert video.
Through all of this, I continue to play a regular restaurant/bar gig at Back Eddy Bistro in Venice and other assorted gigs around the Sarasota area. And, of course, there is the songwriting. And rewriting. Anybody can write a song. Just try and see if you have the endurance to rewrite until they are as good as they can possibly be. It’s very hard and that’s why I hire Helen Avakian to crack the whip on me until they are as good as they’re gonna get. Every writer should have an editor they trust that much. And they should never depend on the stated opinion of those who already love them. It is always nice to hear that from those you love but the true test is in getting praise from a variety of people who don’t know you. Anybody who is serious about measuring the appeal of their art (not just the intrinsic value) needs to find a way to get an editor who isn’t afraid of hurting your feelings. Helen and I are great friends and have that understanding–a rare combination but extremely valuable. I worked hard to nurture that.
With that in mind, I am normally slow to put my stuff out there. But it’s coming, it’s coming.