I sat down to write and realized that today is the 2-month anniversary of the COVERS ep release! We gave away 3,000 full album downloads on Noisetrade the first week. Many thanks to the Kickstarters whose funding made it possible for me to give the music away that week, thus getting it into the hands of so many new listeners.
I really hope you've had a chance to hear it, because man, it's been GREAT fun to interact with so many people who have memories attached to these songs & others who had never heard of The Smiths. It's surprised me how many people are into covers and would never have found me apart from me covering Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight Tonight." :)
So what happened after Feb 10?
Since release day, I've had the pleasure of doing several interviews/podcasts, a small tour in Texas, a writing trip to Nashville, and have spent a good bit of time working up those promised Kickstarter rewards, as well.
I'm also carving out time for songwriting--both for me and for other artists--which is maybe most exciting, because one of the things I hoped the COVERS album would achieve for me is a renewed sense of energy in my writing.
With spring upon us, I find I'm waking up with my brain exploding, creativity sparking, and it's been noted at the dinner table that my knee is bouncing in that antsy way you do when you've been in a state of flow and had to stop to do human things like talk and eat.
At times like this especially, the work doesn't feel like a job but like being alive, at play, outside of time, lost. And found.
I told Toby the downside about the writing days where lose myself like this is that my brief hours of solitude are gone before I even look up. Still, it is such a great gift to have work that makes you feel that way; it's a small price for the joy & honor.
I'm gearing up for songwriting workshops/events such as Young Songwriters Workshops in Raleigh, Escape to the Lake, Masterpiece Project 2015, and a Writers Retreat some friends and I are leading in Nashville in August (currently being revamped, will repost soon). If you have any songwriters in your life, please have them check out these opportunities to connect with peers & grow in their understanding & practice of the art.
Last but not least...
I've been practicing with this gifted & oh, so fun group of musicians for the only currently-scheduled full band show on the books. Our COVERS Release Show will take place at Raleigh's Pour House Music Hall THIS SUNDAY, and I couldn't be more excited.
If you've hung in there to read all this, wow! Impressive attention span.
I can't tell you how grateful I am to have the privilege of your time and ears. I know you have your own work in front of you & it's good to be in such good company.
Keep saying it your own way...