Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cloud #1

Hello, welcome to my blah. I mean blog!

So, I'm trying to both streamline and expand my empire. The Mellowtraumatic website will stay active, but I have dismantled the Antoinette's Revenge online store. The CD versions of both of my full-length albums are sold out, and since downloads are available from so many places, it just doesn't make sense to host a store anymore. At some point, though, I will be setting up an Etsy store, and I'll make an announcement when it's open for business.

As some of you know, it has always been difficult for me to manage the many entities that contribute to the Mellowtraumatic website. Due to time constraints, I've always outsourced the main site operations to Kansas Mayhem and the Splinterglass sisters, among others. All of them are well-intentioned and do their best, but they have a tendency to get into trouble. They throw tantrums, get depressed, go on benders, get into fights and are generally a challenge to keep track of. Unfortunately, this means that it can sometimes be months between updates. They'll still handle the main site, but as an antidote to the madness, this blog will be written by me in an effort to be more current and connected. It will be used for quick Mellowtraumatic updates and it will also be a place for me to store inspirations, interests and obsessions -- both musical and otherwise. Sometimes you might have to put up with me posting pictures of my house, which has pale pink floors. Trust me, they are awesome, and you are jealous.

It's not that I think you should care about my thoughts and opinions, or my pale pink floors, it's just that when I'm in-between recording projects I get very distracted by bright and shiny things, so this will hopefully be a way for me to reign in the chaos. I really need a place to collect links and photos, and it is nice to share. A lot of it will be music-related, too.

Speaking of music, I have been getting a lot of questions asking if I'm working on something new. Here's the deal: For a really long time I was not in the same state as my home studio. I was living in one place and my studio was in another place, very far away. I have now moved yet again, and finally the studio is with me in my new spot. I haven't started recording yet, though. I have a lot of songs that were written over the past few years, and many others that were written earlier that were never recorded or released. Point is, there are plenty of songs around, so I'm hoping to start working on a new project this year. I don't know when it will be finished -- 2012 seems pretty optimistic, but 2013 is looking pretty realistic, so hopefully those pesky Mayans will return to scribble a few more years onto their calendar.

I haven't been entirely quiet, though. I've done a little singing on some fairly recent releases, and there are some other things in the works, but I can't spill any details yet.

And now, I leave you with this cumulus of inspiration: