I heard in the movie industry there is a lot of 'hurry up and wait' while on set. I can attest that it is the same when it comes to putting out an album. Not that I'm complaining. I have so many details to take care of, new things to learn, forms to fill out - I am happy for the extra time. But it does take a long time to happen. Its been fun though. I've done things I never thought I would do. Why I've ..
- Had a successful Fundraising Campaign (thank you for pre-ordering)
- Designed two styles of T-Shirts
- Wrote a small book of stories
- Designed said book and an E-Book and will self publish it
- Designed a CD Cover
- Learned about copyright and distribution
- Learning about online marketing and marketing campaigns
When I signed up for the distribution I had a flutter of excitement. It's really happening. In less than six weeks time I will officially be a recording artist. Albeit unsigned, but recording artist none-the-less. Well ain't that something! It only took me (cough, cough, sputter, sputter) decades.
I've had some surreal moments during this process. I've learned a lot. I know what I'd do the same, and what I'd do differently for the next recording. And I already know what the next recording is going to be. I've learned to trust my instincts and to speak up more.
I've been listening to a rough mix of Plush Red Chair and I really like it. Is that egotistical? It's Adult Alternative, Jazz Rock goodness. I love it! It's an album I would like to have in my own repertoire. It's an album I would and do sing along to. I already know all of the words which helps. :-) I'm really proud of it. But it's more than that. I think its special. It could be because the whole process is like giving birth and Plush Red Chair is my first born so-to-speak. Every mom thinks their child is special. I can say this for sure, it's an album that has come from the heart and has a lot of it. I really do hope you like it.
So by the end of this month I've been promised by my engineer the mixing and mastering will be done. Then it's off to the printers. Then we ship the pre-orders and other merchandise. We have a Pre-Release house concert Sep 15th. Then we have the official release concert Sep 22nd. I'm hoping the online sales (iTunes etc.) will be up and running at the same time as the release, but we're not sure. Which is a shame. One of the lessons I learned on the way.
Anyway, one of the next things for me to purchase is going to be a plush red chair - I mean that only makes sense - and it will be used in the theatre version of the concerts.
I don't have the funds for that right now though, but I've found one on line which is half the battle. I really wanted a picture of a red chair on the album cover somewhere though. It seems really silly not to have one doesn't it? Then I remembered one of my neighbours has a big red couch. (They make a Christmas card every year with it in a different location) So, I asked my daughter and son-in-law if they wouldn't mind taking a picture or 50 of me. We walked to the neighbour's house. Asked for his couch and carried it onto the beach. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do right?
Besides, it's kinda fun to credit my daughter and son-in-law for the photographs on my album.
And you can pre-order Plush Red Sofa er I mean Plush Red Chair right here. Six weeks and counting .....