Monday, August 9, 2010

Reflection, Explanation, and Thanks

I was thinking about what it has taken to make this album project (World Gone Crazy) become a reality. I have been surprised many times along the way by how many pieces go into making something of this magnitude. I had these grand plans to release the album in April and obviously as I write here in August that certainly did not happen. To be fair, however, when I first set off to go down to Nashville and record, I had a 6 song EP in mind. I was going to be able to record the whole thing in 2 to 3 weeks and that would be it. A little editing, a little mixing, a little mastering, voila.

Shortly after I arrived I told my co-producer that I had changed my mind (this was the first of many times) and that I wanted to try and squeeze 3 more songs in while I was in town. I figured while I was in Nashville I might as well get 3 more tracks recorded to use at a later date. He agreed to try and make it work and we continued on with the project, now with 9 tracks in mind.

I was very happy we had decided to go ahead with the few extra tracks, but what are you going to do with 9 tracks? I mean, it's too long for an EP, and it's just not quite long enough for a full-length album. This found me heading back to Nashville over Easter break and laying down 2 more tracks to make a well-rounded 11 track album. As you might imagine, this created a lot more work over all going from a 6 song EP to an 11 track album.

Fortunately, the newer tracks had a lot fewer parts, which saved us a bit of time in the end. When approaching the songs for World Gone Crazy, I tried to incorporate a variety of instruments and layers. This all came at a cost of time. With some songs reaching over 200 tracks per song there was a lot to keep in mind as the songs were being completed. I left some of the singer/songwriter feel I had anticipated for the album and embraced a much larger acoustic/pop/rock sound for some of the songs. They turned out grander than I think even I had ever imagined.

As might not surprise anyone at this point, the album actually contains 12 songs.  Not long ago, I ended up back in Nashville for a week and took some time to stop by the studio and put down one more track for the album before we sent it to the manufacturing plant. At the time of this writing the album is complete and at the replicators. That's probably a good thing, seeing I can't add any more to it at this point. I guess other pieces of creativity will just have to wait for the next album.

All in all this has been a really incredible experience creating this album for all of you to enjoy. I was really blessed to work with several talented and patient individuals...Darrell Lehman, Jordan Lenhoff, and Jamie Hess to name a few. I would like to thank all of you who have supported me during this arduous process and thank you for your patience while I have worked to produce this collection of songs that I hope bring many moments of joy, reflection, and pure listening enjoyment.

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