Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Progress Report

The Christmas CD is nearing completion. Basically I’m now just listening thru all the tracks and making sure that everything sounds the way I want it to sound. For the first time in several projects, Keith (co-owner of The MixLab and good pal) won’t be mixing the record. I love Keith’s mixes, but he’s wanting a little break from mixing, and I’m fine with that. My old friend (and my original partner in engineering/producing) Jon Meyer is going to mix. I’ve already started sending him stuff.

Right now, it looks like I will have no problem getting the project ready for download (on iTunes, Amazon, etc) by November 1. The actual, physical CD’s may not be out until a few days after that. I’ll know more in a couple of weeks.

I’m currently putting together concerts for the release. Right now, I have 2-3 in DFW, 1 in Houston, and 1 in Tyler. I’ll keep everyone posted, but if you’re interested in me doing something (and if you’re in TX or pretty close), let me know asap.

I plan to do some pre-sales, as well as some giveaways as previews. Keep a lookout for that stuff.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Christmas Project!!!

OK, I’m way behind with my updates, so I’ll try to catch you folks up just a bit.

The Christmas project, tentatively titled Christmas Stories, is well under way. Here is the song list. The first 4 on the list are the traditional/covers, and the other 7 are songs that I wrote:

The First Noel
Jingle Bells (a very fun duet with my wife!)
Joy to the World
Angels (this is a variation/re-work of “angels we have heard on high”)
Song of Gabriel
Merry Christmas to All
Rise Up (co-written with Michael Farren of Pocket Full of Rocks)
My Christmas Eve (co-written with Jimmy Needham, and also a very fun duet with my wife!)
All Things New
Macy’s Parade (a very strange song which may end up being titled “Weird”)

Some of you may remember "Song of Gabriel" from way back when I had it for free download on my old site. And you may have heard "All Things New" here.

One thing that I'm really excited about is that, even on the songs that I didn't write, I added/wrote/re-worked something on the song to make it seem more personal and creative to me. Don't worry, I didn't ruin any classics (I don't think). I just did some fun little tweaks and additions that I think/hope people will enjoy.

I’m very, very excited about the record. I plan to release it on November 1. I’ll give more updates asap. Tell your friends!

But I will say that I’ve already got some Christmas concerts lined up, and I’ll be looking for more dates very soon. I’ll post about that asap.

That’s all for now. More updates soon!